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What’s known, what’s next and what it means for Raleigh

Let’s start what we don’t know: We don’t know who the president will be, and it might take a while. 

In an effort to cut through the noise, we’re just going to focus on what we know — and what affects our lives here in Raleigh and Wake County.

Here’s what we do know: All elections results are still unofficial. We know how N.C. will continue processing votes until all results are tallied, as planned.

We know the likely (unofficial) outcome of some of the races, which include 2 new Wake County Commissioners, the approval of the affordable housing bond, and the new (non-gerrymandered) Congressional district that represents much of Wake County. [read the full story]

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What's next for election results, explained:

We're waiting on the process of counting every vote, including provisional ballots cast on Election Day. 

Absentee vote by mail ballots postmarked by Election Day will be accepted until Nov. 12 in North Carolina. That's the process outlined by the North Carolina State Board of Elections, which was previously challenged in court but allowed.

The Election Night results included mail-in absentee ballots that arrived by 5 p.m. Nov. 2 (the day before Election Day).

Now, Wake County and other N.C. counties' election boards will continue to process mail-in absentee ballots that arrived on Election Day until Nov. 12.

If that's how you voted, and you're tracking your ballot on BallotTrax, you should still get your "Accepted" notice if/when it's accepted.

When will we see more results? Don't expect to see more unofficial results before the county canvass, or certification, on Nov. 13. Wake County Board of Elections Member Gerry Cohen tweeted the remaining ballots could be counted as early as the night before, Nov. 12.

Wake and Mecklenburg (Charlotte) counties have higher estimated numbers of mail-in ballots that could arrive. 

While this process isn't new -- the 10-day post-election process happens every election between unofficial results on Election Night and county certification -- more people voted by mail because of the pandemic.

Since the outcome of the outstanding votes' tally could determine the results of several races, we're all paying closer attention.

In the case of any recounts, those would happen between Nov. 13-24 in North Carolina.

Nothing is official until the state certifies the results on Nov. 24. 

Questions about the process? Contact

Marchell Adams-David will be Raleigh's next city manager. The North Carolina native will also be the first woman and African American to serve in the city's top management role, INDY Week reports. She will start in 2021 when Ruffin Hall steps down. The current assistant city manager was selected from about 60 candidates. 

Raleigh is the second-fastest growing large metro in the US, just behind Austin. 69% of that is from people moving to Raleigh. Carolina Demography looked at growth between 2010-2019. [read more + graphs]

And New Yorkers want to move here. Raleigh ranked third for "cheapest cities where Americans are looking to move," according to 24/7 Wall Street. "It is one of seven such cities in which New York City-area residents are looking to relocate more than residents of any other place, even though Raleigh is about 500 miles away."

The list's math calling Raleigh "cheap" doesn't factor in affordable housing -- just the cost of living compared to the national average, median home values and median household income. 
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