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Nida Allam was recently elected to the Durham County Board of Commissioners, making her the first Muslim woman elected to public office in North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Nida Allam.

Meet Nida Allam, the first Muslim woman elected to office in North Carolina

Nida Allam is one of five women elected to the Durham County Board of Commissioners in the 2020 election. In 2017, she was elected as third vice chairperson of the N.C. Democratic Party, making her the first Muslim elected to the Executive Council. The following year, she was appointed to the Durham Mayor’s Council for Women and was unanimously elected as chairperson of the Council.

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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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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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Election Day 2020: Live Updates

Today is Election Day, and North Carolina is voting down the ballot from president to N.C. General Assembly members.  Polls in Orange County close at 7:30 p.m. and the N.C. Board of Elections will begin to post unofficial election results at 8:15 p.m.

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DTH Photo Illustration. North Carolina voters are looking to find out what healthcare problems exist in the state, and what the different candidates in the upcoming election are planning on doing to solve these issues.

How will the election change the future of Medicaid in North Carolina?

Health care access is one of the biggest issues in North Carolina. North Carolina is among the 10 least insured states in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Both Republican and Democratic candidates for the N.C. General Assembly have focused on ways to improve the state's healthcare system William Munn, a policy analyst with the N.C. Justice Center, said the outcome of the November election could impact the future of healthcare policy in the state

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DTH Photo Illustration. As the election approaches,  concerns have been raised about racial disparities among absentee ballot deficiency rates.

Higher rate of deficiencies reported in absentee ballots cast by Black voters in NC

As the election approaches, there have been concerns about racial disparities in absentee ballot deficiency rates.  The North Carolina State Board of Elections  reports that 3.5 percent of non-Hispanic Black voters and 2.6 percent of Hispanic voters have had their ballots deemed deficient, compared to one percent of non-Hispanic white voters. “I’m sure there are consequences of historical, systemic oppression that sort of plays into that as well in terms of just access to the ballots and familiarity with election procedures,” said Jeff Loperfido, senior counsel for voting rights at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice Voters can track the status of their mail-in ballots using BallotTrax. 

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