Get Out And Vote
Elections are closing in fast. We will soon have to make a final choice for those that will work for us. Note that phrase – “work for us.” They work for us, not the other way around.
One of those running is Phil Byrd. He is running for the post of high sheriff of Guilford County. Phil has the experience and most importantly personal desire to do the job without being concerned about what people think. Phil’s attitude is one of “I’m not going to please everybody and don’t intend to try. My job is to enforce the law, support my people, and put the safety of law-abiding citizens first, no matter who I might upset.”
Phil brings the experience and desire we need in a high sheriff. Politics don’t matter. Safety and security do. We need Phil Byrd as our sheriff.
Another person currently running is someone I have known since he was a student at Greensboro College. Jon Hardister has shown time and time again he cares about not just the people in his district, but the people of North Carolina in general. With Jon you know exactly that he will support the people over anything else. Some don’t know, but Jon’s mentor as it were was Howard Coble. Jon thinks, like Howard did, that the people are the only thing that matters and regardless of if you are Democrat or Republican you are a constituent and deserve to be treated as such. I haven’t always agreed with some positions held by Jon but he does what’s best for the people – maybe not all, but you can’t please everybody.
On the County Board of Commissioners we have Alan Branson running at large. Again, he is a man that looks to represent and watch out for the people of Guilford County and is prepared to fight until the very end for them, again regardless of their political affiliation. They are constituents first and D or R second.
Above all else I want to encourage people to get out and vote. My philosophy is if you don’t vote, what business do you have to complain about it?
I personally believe we need to eliminate this early voting B.S. Sorry, but it had to be said. I also believe Election Day should be a national holiday. At the rate we’re going every day will be a voting day.
Voting – a right and a duty.
Totally spot-on Alan. If you don’t vote SHUT UP!
So you agree, we should make it easy to register, easy to vote, and count all the votes? I think we should.
All of that includes:
– voter ID: It’s not hard to get an ID, and for those who can’t afford it, it would be free. But, in all honesty, who doesn’t have an official id these days? You need an ID to operate a motor vehicle, cash a check, buy a beer, fly on an airplane, open a bank account, apply for government assistance, rent/buy a vehicle, rent/buy a house or apartment, hunt, fish, etc. And, in many cases, when you get your license or state official ID, you are automatically registered to vote. Doesn’t get much easier than that, huh? If you’re not eligible to obtain a government issued ID, then you’re also not eligible to vote, most likely due to the fact that you’re not a US citizen.
– One day voting: Election day is the 2nd Tuesday of November. Period. All “early voting” is good for is making it easier for whoever is in charge of the polls and ballots, whether it be the Republicans or the Democrats, to cheat. Mail in voting is a complete sham, and is taken advantage of by whoever is in power during that election. The only people who should be able to cast absentee ballots are those in the military. I’m all for making the 2nd Tuesday of November a national holiday, so that no one has an excuse to not go vote.
– Finish counting the votes that night – this new cheating tactic they started two years ago, of stopping the counting on election night, if the votes aren’t going for who they want them to, until they can scrape up enough fake ballots to throw their candidate over the top, has got to stop.
I agree with you on your three points, Chris, but you have to include the stipulation that everything has to remain legal, and above board. Anything less destroys election integrity, and the public’s already fading trust in the government.
Many states have had rules that require ballots be counted well into the days after the election. This is because they do not allow ballots to be counted until election day. PA has this rule I believe. What about myself who travels extensively for work? I am often out of town on election day for work so rely on voting by mail or more easily … voting early as I am home most Fridays. Oh, and let’s not forget our military members who are stationed out of state and HAVE to vote by mail.
Don’t view the world through your own personal and narrow view. Not everyone has the same lifestyle as you. Oh, that’s right…that would make you ‘woke’ to see the world from a diverse range of perspectives.
I will vote for these candidates.
I see that “Cowboy” Danny has put out a large number of campaign signs; some probably in unauthorized areas.
Phil Byrd has my vote!
Why does Alan fear early voting? Because the majority of people in US don’t vote republican at a national level so like most Republicans, he supports suppressing votes for those that can’t get to polls due to work, health issues, or long lines on actual election days.
Amazing he encourages voting and then voices against policies than help increase voter turnout. Hypocrisy is common with a lot of republicans like Alan.
“Fear early voting”? Why do you fear it being very limited?
“…he supports suppressing votes for those that can’t get to polls due to work, health issues, or long lines on actual election days.” I’m just going to quit being polite with you and start speaking bluntly. That statement is a lie pure and simple. And before you continue to call Republicans liars, you and you Democrat ilk need to look real hard in the mirror.
As I said to NJR Wells, some justifiable reasons can be made for VERY LIMITED cases of early voting. But 1 or 2 months? It should be 1 or 2 weeks before Election Day. And I believe making Election Day a national holiday would go a long way towards increasing turnout.
And I notice you and your other self, Carl Ford, still aren’t fully identifying yourself. And for the record I take the reference to my wife where you used the unusual spelling of her name correctly as an implied threat.
I support more Americans voting without fear little angry man Alan.
Like most angry little Trump party types, you hate the truth so you label it a lie with no basis of supporting information. The most important that require (and not a limited scenario) are our military personnel. Another classic example is my father. Due to medical issues he struggles to walk more than a few yards at a time and is unable to stand in lines. Or myself who is a consultant that often travels for business an can not be assured of being in town on election day. See Alan, those are real examples and I comfortable asserting that just those examples alone account for millions of Americans.
Now make your case other than slapping a ‘liar’ label on truth as most other Trump party angry little men.
FYI, If you are so slow to not connect my letters to the editor to my comments to know my full name, you are even more slow than when you accused me of using other people’s names in comments just because they agreed with me that you are a hateful ugly person.
Hello, Allan. I’m Carl Ford. Im also Juan Martillo, Ricky Chapman, along with a long list of other names I choose to use here. I’m not Chris. I’m also not going to use my real name ever on this website because it is a space for crazed lunatics to pretend the end is nigh, talk their tough talk, slew stereotypic insults, then hide behind the comfort of their device. This is not a place that will lead to discourse or change. It is dwelling under the bridge where the trolls live. And, to be clear, I’m not excluding myself. While you can try to emasculate someone for not using their name – you are SOOOO into tough proud boys – I will continue to avoid it.
It’s important to know that I am a pacifist. So while you might take something as a threat to justify your own violent behavior, I will never cause physical harm on you, or Julee. However, as long as you continue to boast your hateful views here, I will continue to troll you based on publicly and easily accessible information, the own things you share here and in other spaces, and anything else easily accessible. If you want it to stop, just stop writing in – or use a pseudonym!
Now, quit puffing your chest and masturbating to the thought of playing with a gun. Instead, schedule an appointment with a mental healthcare provider, because it is obvious that you are highly paranoid and on the cusp of doing something harmful to others. Similarly, there’s a great online course on leadership you might benefit from. Finally, stop thinking I’m Chris, it’s insulting to be conflated with someone that clearly doesn’t use spell check and autocorrect on every one of his well-thought out, closest thing to actual discourse (despite knowing it’s a waste here) posts and replies.
Keep up the good work, Chris!
I am not Chris.
1. Alan Marshall has never engaged in any violent behavior, as you allege (that we know of).
2. It’s so rich to decry trolls when you admit you are one.
3. With your prejudice against Alan, imagining his masturbation and infatuation with Proud Boys, you are subconsciously exposing you own predilections through projection. You must be a real creep.
4. Alan has never expressed any “hateful views” in this forum. But – if you refuse to apologise to him and retract your character assassination then you must back up your assertion. The Rhino Times preserves everything (under archives). Show us his “hate”. PUT UP OR SHUT UP.
5. You assert that this “is not a place that will lead to discourse”. But this forum is the very definition of open discourse. You just can’t deal with it.
6. In brief, you need to grow up. You look like a callow little kid. Good luck.
I respect your pacifism, regardless.
You can tell he is not me. No typos.
Agree with remarks about the candidates. I do think a couple days of early voting are helpful for what should be LONG lines of citizens taking advantage of the privilege and responsibility of voting. Re. mail-in voting, there is no excuse for mailed votes to arrive late. If people are ill, without transportation or out of town on Election Day., they should have given serious thought to their vote in plenty of time for their ballot to be received and counted on time. (It is also a big expense to service the late votes.
Would like to those with objections to requiring ID to vote to say why it is wrong. We are not asking just one segment of the population for legitimate ID. A N. C. Black elected official stated “A true American patriot wants to make sure all voters are certified legal voters. It is an insult to any group to insinuate they don’t care about legality of voters. “Can’t afford ID- who can’t afford free?”
N J R Wells
You make very valid points for a limited, very limited, window for early voting. I would be willing to support say a week of early voting for those in the categories you outlined. But that time period should be no more then a week or two before Election Day.
And I advocate making Election Day a federal holiday for just the reason you point about long lines and people not having the time to get to the polls due to work. Maybe also look at the idea of allowing absentee voting to those of a certain age due to their inability to get about.
Voter ID is law in several states and no study has yet to show that it has restricted voting of any group peoples. I doubt there is much real voter fraud in 99% of districts but it makes the Big Lie believers shut up, I am all for it.
Phil Byrd for Guilford County Sheriff.
It’s important for the state and federal elections, too. I see a lot of propaganda from the Democrat NC Supreme court justices, huffing and puffing about their conservative stance, but also touting Sheri Beasley as “not just another politician”. Sure baby. Ms. Beasley IS just another politician. If elected, she WILL follow the wokie program of the leftist party. You can bank on that. It is absolutely necessary to gain two seats on the NC Supreme Court.
Kathy Manning is another Democrat attack-dog machine candidate who will vote the Democrat party line.
Yes please get out and vote. Need the “Red Wave” to carry this election!
Phil Byrd for Sheriff