“The State Board of Elections has spent months preparing for the 2020 general election, and even up until Sept. 4 rules were still being finalized for absentee ballots, early voting locations, and verification of counting those ballots.”
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“With 60 days until the General Election, the first mail-in ballots went out to North Carolina voters Friday. More than 640,000 people in the state have requested mail-in ballots so far for the November 3 election, according to the North Carolina Board of Elections. That’s compared to less than 40,000 for the same time four years ago.”
“Facebook threw yet another new curveball at campaign offices Thursday when it announced a ban on new political ads in the week before Election Day, curtailing a highly effective conduit for raising last-minute money and pinpointing messages to voters.”
“The Republican National Convention is a great opportunity to build your base, generate enthusiasm, and engage with voters. Capitalizing on the enthusiasm now will help get votes in the bank for November.”
On Monday, Majority Strategies announced the hiring of Jon Miller as managing director of advocacy. Miller is a longtime communications professional based in the Sunshine State and served as director of external affairs for Keiser University.
“Reid Vineis, VP of digital at GOP firm Majority Strategies, said consultants are now operating in murky regulatory terrain.
“‘This incident shows just how much power the carriers have on deliverability,’ said Vineis. ‘Texting is a medium that has hard and fast rules when it comes to TCPA, but the rules of each carrier are not so clear … It’s unfortunate, but this year we could see many peer-to-peer texts go undelivered that are legally compliant, but denied by the telephone carriers.’”
“In the past couple of months, political media operatives have debated whether the coronavirus pandemic is a relative advantage for President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden.
“The usual answer is that President Trump’s reelection campaign is the beneficiary, even if it faces challenges during the pandemic. If mobile communications and digital media are more important factors this year due to COVID-19, then it’s logical that the candidate with a larger online following and advertising operation would benefit.”
“The killing by police of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month has spawned a national protest movement that’s brought tens of thousands of Americans into the streets. It’s prompted major corporations, high-profile performers and athletes to take public stances on issues of race and justice.
“But for candidates and groups, some consultants are giving their clients more measured advice. Boiled down, practitioners are suggesting their clients simply listen …
“’My advice to clients is to be conscious of your constituency and stick to your brand,’ said Majority Strategies’ Chris Faulkner.”
“Fundraisers are still bracing their clients for tighter budgeting as observers ratchet up projections for political spending this cycle … Lindsay Jacobs Seti, executive director of Majority Money, agreed that the team effort is gaining popularity this cycle. ‘There’s been a huge uptick in the amount of revenue sharing agreements between candidates on WinRed as well as on Anedot and the other payment processors,’ she said. ‘They’ve got to find way to reach new audiences.’”
“We don’t know what the next few months will hold. One thing is for certain, though: There will be an election on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
“For new candidates and those running for reelection, the questions we’re getting are very much the same. How do I plan and run an effective campaign when the world isn’t making sense?”
“Picnics, county fairs, and local festivals are out. Zoom meetings and email blasts are in.
“Coronavirus restrictions hit North Carolina days after the March 3 state primary. None of the winners anticipated that within a few weeks, social distancing would reduce their campaigns to virtual meet-and-greets.”
“Since 1964, voters have returned their incumbent representative to Washington 93 percent of the time.
“In recent years, however, the advantage typically belonged to the outsider candidate, the person vowing to drain the swamp from the state capital to Washington, D.C. But the tables appear to be turning again. Added to the many life-altering changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic this year is a renewed desire for security and stability.
“In other words, the power of incumbency is back.”