Ralph Northam news conference 9.15.20

Gov. Ralph Northam speaks at a news conference in Richmond on Sept. 15, 2020. 

More than 790,000 Virginia voters have already requested mail-in ballots for the 2020 election, nearly triple the number who voted absentee by mail four years ago, Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday. 

"This will be an unprecedented election," Northam said. "The combination of a presidential election year and a pandemic is nothing any of us has experienced.”

Northam used a Tuesday afternoon news conference in Richmond that was broadcast statewide to reassure Virginia voters that mail-in votes will be secure, and he also blasted President Trump for ignoring public health guidelines at recent rallies and for criticizing veterans. 

In 2016, the state processed 566,000 absentee votes, with about half of those in person and half by mail, Northam said.  However, relaxed rules for mail-in voting during the pandemic have resulted in increased demand this year.

“We know that that demand will continue to go up," the governor added.  

The first batches of ballots will be mailed to voters Friday, and selected locations will also open Friday for early voting in person.  Unlike prior years, voters do not need to have an excuse to vote either by mail or in person before election day, Nov. 3.  

Northam noted that all mail-in ballots will come with prepaid return postage and include an intelligent barcode so voters can ensure their ballots are received by elections officials.  

“We have taken extra steps to ensure the security of our absentee ballots," he said. 

Virginia law allows election officials to process early votes as they are received, which means that Virginia results should be available on election night. But Northam noted that's not the same for all states. 

“Everyone should be prepared to wait a few days to know the results of the presidential election," he said. "It’s better to get an accurate count than a fast one.”

Northam, a Democrat, has typically avoided harsh criticisms of Trump during his news conferences to discuss the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Tuesday was different. 

Asked about Virginia's test positivity rate, which is slightly higher than that in some surrounding states, Northam cited the need for Virginians to follow social distancing guidelines and to wear masks.

"It’s the behavior that’s the challenge," he said. "Despite what's going on in Washington, if we can do what we know works … then we can get our numbers even lower. It’s that behavior that will put this pandemic behind us. Not testing, not tracing, not PPE, but behavior."

He cited two recent Trump rallies that were held indoors without social distancing measures and with minimal wearing of masks by participants.  

“It just goes against the science and the grain of what we’re trying to do as Americans and what we’re trying to do as states," Northam said. "When we have a president that ignores the science, number one, and then goes against what even his consultants are telling him to do, it just defeats the purpose and it’s very frustrating.”

Northam, who graduated from Virginia Military Institute and served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1984 to 1992, also reacted to Trump's alleged comments regarding U.S. service members.

"When you have the leader of our country referring to people like me and other men and women who have worn the uniform, to refer to them as 'losers' and 'suckers,' it just turns my stomach," he said. "As an American, as a Virginian, I have trouble looking up to a leader, I have trouble respecting a leader who refers to my fellow veterans in that manner.”

Among other topics covered at Tuesday's news conference:

- Northam said he is asking the State Corporation Commission to extend the moratorium preventing utility providers from disconnecting services due to nonpayment until Oct. 5.  The moratorium is currently scheduled to expire Wednesday.  Northam said his budget currently being considered by the General Assembly will include a repayment structure and debt forgiveness program for utility customers who have been unable to pay their bills due to the pandemic. 

- Eligibility requirements will be eased for the state's $70 million grant program for small businesses affected by the pandemic, with details to be announced next week.  

- State officials are closely watching COVID-19 case numbers in Southwestern Virginia. The region is averaging 229 cases a day, which is more than heavily populated Northern Virginia, and Northam said the numbers are concerning because that area of the state has fewer health-care resources. “We just don’t have the hospitals and especially the ICU capabilities.”

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fake_journalist

The Democrats can't win the election so they have to cheat by committing mail fraud.

Iwouldntgiveabean

And how would they do that exactly? Do you actually think that the security measures that have set in place for a practice that has been going on since the Civil War is more open to voter manipulation than going in person? Provide proof.

Catherine Christine

It is absolutely horrific that Governor Northam is spreading rumors (discredited rumors to boot) about President Trump and our brave Veterans. How can we feel confident with the mail in voting when he is spreading falsehoods at the same time?

NEWS & POLITICS

Atlantic Editor Admits Key Detail of Anti-Trump Hit Piece May Be Untrue

BY MATT MARGOLIS SEP 07, 2020

Iwouldntgiveabean

Oh Honey...

https://www.businessinsider.com/fox-news-correspondent-confirms-trump-said-dead-us-troops-losers-2020-9

The Atlantic reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump made derogatory remarks about fallen members of the military, going so far as to call them "suckers" and "losers."

Fox News on Friday said the report was fabricated and criticized The Atlantic's use of anonymous sources.

However, one of its own — national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin — said parts of the damning report were verified to her by two people who previously worked for the Trump administration.

"According to one former senior Trump administration official: 'When the President spoke about the Vietnam War, he said, 'It was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker,'" Griffin tweeted.

Griffin also reported learning that Trump "just hated" Sen. John McCain and thought it was "not a good look" to include the "wounded guys" in a July 4 military parade.

Trump appeared to be aware of Griffin's reporting and called on Fox News to fire her.

Journalists who covered the White House responded by defending Griffin's credentials and her reporting.

But even more importantly, why hasnt Trump condemned Russian bounties on American troops? Why hasnt Trump addressed the repeated harassment of American soldiers by Russians? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuMvbei8rNk

Hey, remember that fictional caravan that was tantamount to an invasion? The one where Trump activated a bunch of National Guard soldiers to spend the holidays at the border for no reason? Or using the troops as a political prop.

Oh how bout this one: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/01/17/trump-blasted-top-military-generals-as-a-bunch-of-dopes-and-babies-according-to-new-book/

The essence of the meeting has been chronicled before. But sources interviewed for the book say the meeting quickly devolved into an angry rant by Trump, who accused top U.S. military officials of incompetence.

He called Afghanistan a “loser war” and told generals assembled there that “you don’t know how to win anymore.” He attacked the group for the costs of ongoing military operations overseas and said that the United States should have gotten payments in oil from allies it assisted in the Middle East.

“I wouldn’t go to war with you people,” the book quotes Trump as saying to the military officials. “You’re a bunch of dopes and babies.”

According to the authors, Tillerson defended the military leaders and told Trump his criticism was “totally wrong.” That added to a growing rift between the men, and Tillerson’s dismissal in March 2018.

I am a combat veteran in the DoD. The troops dont take kindly to those that disparage them and use them like toilet paper.

covid2021

Can you live stream your reaction on election night? If Trump wins re-election I think your bean for brains would literally explode.

Iwouldntgiveabean

Sure will!

But we will have to wait a bit as the Constitution affords a reasonable amount of time for the states to count ALL of the ballots. So I guess I would be streaming for a few months: https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/the-electoral-college.aspx

The Electoral College in 2020

The following is a summary of how the Electoral College will work in the 2020 presidential election:

Spring and Summer 2020: Nomination of Electors. The political parties in each state nominate their electors. Parties and states have different ways of going about this, but a party's presidential electors are generally loyal or consistent party members. The parties want to be sure they can rely on their electors to cast their votes for the party's nominee for president.

Nov. 3, 2020: Election Day, when voters in each state will select their presidential electors. The names of electors are not on the ballot in most states. Rather, when a voter casts a vote for a presidential candidate, s/he is also casting a vote for the electors already selected by the party of that candidate. If a majority of voters in a state vote for the Republican candidate for president, the Republican slate of electors is elected. If a majority vote for the Democratic candidate, the Democratic slate of electors is chosen.

Dec. 8, 2020: Deadline for Resolving Election Disputes. All state recounts and court contests over presidential election results must be completed by this date.

Dec. 14, 2020: Meeting of the Electors. The electors meet in each state and cast their ballots for president and vice president. Each elector votes on his or her own ballot and signs it. The ballots are immediately transmitted to various people: one copy goes to the president of the U.S. Senate (who is also the vice president of the United States); this is the copy that will be officially counted later. Other copies go to the state's secretary of state, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the presiding judge in the district where the electors meet (this serves as a backup copy that would replace the official copy sent to the president of the Senate if it is lost or destroyed).

Dec. 23, 2020: Deadline for Receipt of Ballots. The electors' ballots from all states must be received by the president of the Senate by this date. There is no penalty for missing this deadline.

Jan. 6, 2021: Counting of the Electoral Ballots. The U.S. Congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes.

Jan. 20, 2021: Inauguration Day. The president-elect becomes the president of the United States.

Wake Up & Smell The Coffee!

You clearly do not have your finger on the pulse of the troops. Troops know darned well that Generals & Admirals are unelected politicians! And the Troops certainly know of their unholy alliances (military-industrial complex). That leaves these hearsay quotes further unreliable. Trump’s stepped on a hornets nest of (decades old) government, military & political corruption. And he’s going to fix it! And that has everyone, with something to hide, scared. Scared enough to lie, cheat, fabricate or steal to keep Trump from taking them down.

As for the Troops? The CINC’s actions have spoken louder than the media’s false narratives. And it’s those actions that have earned Trump unwavering respect & gratitude. Your comment “The troops don’t take kindly to those that disparage them and use them like toilet paper” left me laughing. As a Military Woman, I can hardly imagine being offended by such nonsense. If that were the case, I’d have washed out of the military a long time ago! Fortunately for our country, part of military training is growing a pair. I got mine, where’s yours?

Iwouldntgiveabean

Cool! I love the military! If you google my moniker, you would find out what unit I was with when I deployed to Iraq. Why cant soldiers be smoked anymore? Did my Army get soft?

Why dont you come down to the American Legion and I can buy you a beer? BTW, I was blessed with a well-paying job with the Department of the Army and work hand-in-hand with soldier daily.

Now I am going to ignore the majority of your post because I have seen the message traffic and politics that affect national security.

My advice for you is this:

Document everything. The VA will not help you unless an injury was fully documented while you were in the military.

Invest.. Use your BAH to your advantage. Same with the VA loan. Get a house while the government pays for it (I dont know what your rank is, so I will go with E-5) and at ~2300 a month, you can get a decent place to call yours. It's free money.

Use the military to your advantage. Have the government pay for your certificates which will help you when you get out of the military (and you will get out eventually, so have a plan).

If you have a clearance, make sure your S2 starts the paperwork to do a re-investigation prior to getting out. And dont screw up this "golden ticket".

I wish you the best in your future endeavors in whatever MOS you are.

But what seems off about your account is your writing style, which is consistent with Conservative blogging tactics. https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-bacon/tactics-for-effective-conservative-blogging-by-karl-rove/10150706161713017/

AlfredP

never trust a governor that dressing in black face

Catherine Christine

As civilized people we shouldn’t trust anyone who doesn’t believe that infanticide isn’t murder.

Iwouldntgiveabean

But you will condone involuntary hysterectomies on women because they are immigrants? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54160638

President "I don't take responsibility at all" Trump even dumps on Christian ideology:

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-evangelicals-condescending-remarks-michael-cohen-2020-9

Trump said: "Can you believe that bulls---? Can you believe people believe that bulls---?"

"The cosmic joke was that Trump convinced a vast swathe of working-class white folks in the Midwest that he cared about their well-being," Cohen added, according to The Post. "The truth was that he couldn't care less."

Such a great role-model and upstanding citizen.

tman

Inside Nova needs to clean up their troll farm comment sections.

PWC resident since '69

Of course more requests than registered voters

Kathy10

Remember voting illegally is a felony. If you are one of those dreamers and you vote, even by mail, it could be grounds for deportation.

It used to be hard to check and see who did and did not vote. Now it is a few clicks of a mouse. Sure would stink to finally be ready to get US citizenship and then find out instead you are being deported because someone checked your voting record and you are a felon for voting illegally.

Iwouldntgiveabean

Is this a threat?

Do you even know how this works? Like, did you finish high school?

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