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Despite USPS Challenges, State Officials Remain Confident In NC Mail-In Ballots

State officials have been preparing for a major spike in mail-in ballots since the initial COVID-19 lockdown in March. North Carolina will be the first state in the country to start sending out mail-in ballots this year on Sept. 4, and election officials are prepared to pre-process votes received by mail. 

Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC political reporter Rusty Jacobs about the absentee-by-mail process and Rep. Alma Adams about USPS delays in Charlotte and their potential impact on mailing in ballots.

However, voters are still concerned about the security and reliability of the process in light of recent reports of postal issues, including the dismantling of mail sorting machines and the removal of mailboxes from their locations. Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC political reporter Rusty Jacobs about his coverage of the state’s mail-in ballot prep. U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, D-Charlottejoins the conversation to share her concerns about Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s changes to the USPS and why she and some of her constituents are protesting in Charlotte.

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Stacia Brown comes to WUNC from Washington, DC, where she was a producer for WAMU’s daily news radio program, 1A. She’s the creator and host of two podcasts, The Rise of Charm City and Hope Chest. Her audio projects have been featured on Scene on Radio, a podcast of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; BBC 4’s Short Cuts; and American Public Radio’s Terrible, Thanks for Asking.