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'Love in the air': Chapel Hill, Carrboro celebrate Joe Biden's presidential win

The former vice president declared victory over President Donald Trump on Saturday after securing 290 electoral votes — more than the 270 needed to win the presidency — and celebrations in Chapel Hill and Carrboro continued until well after sunset. Minutes after Joe Biden was announced as the country’s 46th president Saturday, Franklin Street filled with the sounds of cars honking and students cheering.  Resident Damien Moore said he's never seen Chapel Hill celebrate like this, except for when students rush Franklin Street after a UNC basketball victory over Duke. 

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Cars drive down Franklin Street on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 outside of Four Corners, which has built outdoor seating to accommodate for the pandemic but poses some accessibility problems. 

Push for outdoor seating on Franklin Street raises questions about accessibility

An increase in outdoor seating options on Franklin Street could pose potential problems for the disabled community.  Sarah Gilles, a chairperson of the Disability Advocates Committee of the Campus Y, said the push for outdoor seating is good for business but could shift accessibility standards to the back burner.  Chelsea Laws, director of Building and Development Services for the Town of Chapel Hill, said the Town looks at accessibility requirements to make sure people can get in and out of all businesses.  But UNC doctoral student Dalvin Tsay, who uses a wheelchair, said blocked sidewalks and small ramps make it extremely difficult to get around.

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A member of the crowd at Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest's election night party wears a Trump 2020 hat on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Election Day is over. What comes next for North Carolina?

North Carolina's unofficial results most likely won't change until Nov. 12. This means North Carolinians likely won't know who won close races, such as the presidential race or the U.S. Senate race, until then. There are approximately 117,000 outstanding absentee ballots in North Carolina. Jason Roberts, a UNC political science professor and member of the Orange County Board of Elections, said most counties won't count these outstanding absentee ballots until Nov. 12 or 13, right before county boards of elections certify results. 

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a rally ahead of Super Tuesday at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Later that day, Biden won the South Carolina primary.

Former Vice President Joe Biden projected to win U.S. presidency in close race

President Donald Trump had the lead in North Carolina over former Vice President Joe Biden as of midnight, leading by 1.39 percent, according to unofficial results. 117,000 absentee ballots in North Carolina have yet to be returned, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.  This is larger than the number of votes Trump has over Biden as of midnight on Tuesday, which was 76,380. In North Carolina, absentee ballots received by Nov. 12 will be counted in the election. 

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