2010 Absentee Vote Turnout (as of 10/28/10)

Early Vote Highlights.

Visit Civitas Vote Tracker for more information on early voting turnout.

Data is downloaded from the State Board of Elections website.

voter_party_code Votes Change from previous
Total 734454 101014
DEM 335989 48848
REP 273215 35274
UNA 124578 16806
LIB 672 86


county_desc #voters change from previous
WAKE 58521 none
MECKLENBURG 54495 none
GUILFORD 36090 none
BUNCOMBE 26063 none
FORSYTH 21889 none
NEW HANOVER 18696 up 1
BRUNSWICK 18610 down 1
DURHAM 18149 up 1
CUMBERLAND 17998 down 1
HENDERSON 15282 none
race #voters
ASIAN 2162
OTHER 5093
WHITE 573572
446 more 110 year olds voted yesterday the total for that age group is now at 2660 and is included in the >75 group category
age #voters
<26 24390
26-35 38456
36-45 74553
46-55 132158
56-65 197690
66-75 165635
>75 101574

110 Year Olds Vote Strong in NC

So far in early voting 110 year olds have  made a pretty good showing; 2214 of them have voted either by mail or at a one-stop site (214 by mail and 2,000 at early voting sites).  There are 1,420 Democrats in this group, 717 Republicans and 77 Unaffiliated voters.

Nothing against very old voters, but it is funny that these 110 year olds live in only 34 counties and 87% of them live in 4 counties –  Guilford has voted 681 of them so far, Forsyth – 581, Cumberland – 427 and Davidson voted 230.

Some more facts about these older voters:  1,923 of this year’s group also voted in the 2008 General Election during early voting – they were only 108 back then.  In 2008 a total 9,688 108 year olds voted early.

And just in case you thought 110 was pretty old, Gaston County data shows that  a 154 year old voter has cast a ballot and Granville County’s data reflects a voter who is 160 years old.

Absentee data is available for download from the State Board of Elections website.

Tom Ross Revealed: An Agent of Far-Left Change

“We want to be a change agent in the state,” Tom Ross told Todd Cohen in an interview for the Business Journal of Charlotte back in 2002.

And so he was.

Flying in the face of all the noise and cries of “besmirching” one of North Carolina’s great leaders coming from NC Policywatch’s Rob Schofield, Civitas recently discovered an article detailing the fundamental changes enacted by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation under Ross’s tenure.

Cohen’s article describes “sweeping changes in grantmaking” of Z. Smith Reynolds, an ideological shift in North Carolina’s largest philanthropic organization that relegated its traditional grant recipients (historical preservation, health care, construction and capital campaigns, etc.) in favor of more “progressive” organizations. These new beneficiaries would hail from the realms of “social, economic, and environmental justice.”

With the then newly selected Tom Ross at the helm, Z. Smith Reynolds took a sharp left turn and became actively engaged in the practice of “backing progressive public policy.” Now he is to be the next UNC System President.

John Hood of the John Locke Foundation summarized the implications of this shift to left-wing activism saying the Z. Smith Reynolds “is going to give less money to charities providing direct services to the public and more money to public policy charities of the left-wing variety.”

Hood added, “I suspect that the previous generations of the Reynolds family who engaged so successfully in our capitalist system would be horrified to find how much their money will be used to subvert that very system.”

So much for being a “mainstream group, funding mainstream causes,” as Mr. Schofield described Z. Smith Reynolds under Ross’s administration. Ross played a lead role in diverting the focus of Z. Smith Reynolds from a well respected philanthropy foundation to a sweetheart of liberal activist groups of all flavors.