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Coleman Concession Remarks:

Thank you for joining me this morning.  Let me begin by thanking my family, a constant source of love and support, who have stood by me every day of this campaign.  In their eyes and in the eyes of their children, I see the hope and future of this generation. 

How we lead, today, determines the tomorrow we leave for them.  Delivering a better tomorrow for all North Carolinians is why I entered this race.  This campaign, our campaign, has always been forward-thinking and I’m proud of the work we accomplished together.

I’m proud of the many voices who have championed the cause of this campaign—from Congresswoman Eva Clayton, to Governor Hunt, to Dr. Maya Angelou—it is a testament to the lives we have touched over the past several months.

I have said time and time again, that we have the best supporters North Carolina has to offer.  From the men and women who joined our call for quality education, to protecting the middle class, for standing up for women’s healthcare.  Together, we brought our issues to the forefront of the political discussion this year.  I have always been a defender of the defenseless, a voice for the voiceless, that is why you have stood by me—not because of me, but because of what I stand for.

I want to thank my staff for working tirelessly, day end and day out, around the clock and through the night.  They knew the stakes and the challenges facing every day North Carolinians—this was more than a job for them, it was a fight for the values we all hold dear.  In them, I see future leaders and look forward to their continued service to our state and country.

The days since Election Day have been strenuous for all involved in this endeavor.  Our post-election effort has, so far, shined a bright light on the flaws of our provisional ballot counting process.  Together, we helped get at least several hundred additional ballots counted.  And while we contend that there remain at least 3,000 ballots that should be counted, we face the reality that an extended legal battle would not alter the outcome of this race.

But, I want you to know that I am truly proud of all of you.  The work you have done to make sure every vote counts means so much to me.  We made sure the election was fair.  We worked to make sure every vote was counted and everyone’s voice was heard.  We know that what we were fighting for was bigger than just this race.  We waged a fight to protect our most sacred constitutional right: access to the ballot box.  In the end, our instinct was right and the results narrowed significantly.

But, today is a day for reflection and rebirth.  Today is both a beginning and an end.  We embrace the future undaunted.  We remain confident that the resounding ideals we stood for will have a lasting impression on politics in North Carolina.

Moments ago, I spoke with Mr. Forest and congratulated him on becoming the next Lt. Governor of North Carolina.  It was a hard-fought, spirited campaign and we have stark differences.  But, in the end, in a tight race, North Carolinians have chosen Mr. Forest to serve.  I pray that God guides him and his family on this journey.  The trust of this office is now in his hands.  I hope and believe that he will honor that trust with tempered judgment and a servant’s heart.

Now, more than ever, our leaders must answer the call of service.  North Carolina will face many challenges in the next few years.  We need the Governor-elect and Lt. Governor-elect to meet these challenges with dignity and loyalty to the people of North Carolina.  A favorite adage of this campaign has been results, not rhetoric.  We need results for our struggling middle class, resources for our renowned education system and innovation for a vibrant North Carolina economy. 

North Carolina will always have a friend and an advocate in me.  I seek only to serve this state and the betterment of its people.

I’m proud to live in a state that made history during this campaign by nominating the first-ever African-American woman to seek statewide executive office.  I’m proud to be a part of our state’s rich history of progress and prosperity.  While we may have fallen short, today, I want my friends and supporters to hold their heads high knowing that because of the trail we blazed, we’ve made it that much easier for the next generation to stand up and be heard.

I’m proud of the young people who knocked doors, made phone calls and engaged their friends to become a part of this process.  Now, you must lead your generation to reach great heights—you are the future innovators of this state and of this country.  You have touched my heart, and I will stand by you every day.

What we fought for in this campaign matters.  A woman’s access to her own healthcare.  Fair pay for hard work.  Security for the middle class.  A strong public education for our young people.  These are the resounding issues of my public service—and they resonated as we crisscrossed this state.  We didn’t hide from our convictions.  We stood strong and proud. 

I have dedicated my entire life in pursuit of that ideal.  My heart has always been with the everyday men and women who work the 9 to 5 to provide a better life for themselves and for their families.  That’s why I’m proud to have waged this fight for our future with our working families, including the State Employee’s Association, standing by my side.  These people make up the fabric of what has made this state great: service, leadership and advocacy.

I’m convinced that the old phrase holds truer today than ever before: North Carolina, where the weak grow strong, and the strong grow great.  We have grown strong, hand in hand, together over the course of this campaign.  Now, we move on to the greatness that the next journey has to offer.

I know that many are disappointed with the outcome of this election.  Do not be.  We ran this campaign with dignity and integrity.  We touched lives and held strong to our values.  This is not failure, but a new beginning.  With our eyes fixed squarely on the future, we stand strong together on this day and find solace knowing that North Carolina’s best days are yet to come.  We have the creativity, the innovation and the drive to deliver for this generation—if we come together to face our shared challenges.

My heart is full knowing that we are knitted together with our history, our values and most importantly: our future.  What we did over this year matters.  I know it.  You know it.  North Carolina knows it.  We continue our work with renewed energy.  We face the future undeterred.  We forge ahead.  We move forward.

Thank you, my friends.  God bless you and God bless the great state of North Carolina.

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Coleman to Forest: Don’t Disenfranchise Thousands of Voters



On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Dan Forest campaign officially protested votes at the East Carolina University early voting site in Pitt County, saying all votes at the precinct should be thrown out because some voters used an electronic display of utility bills to prove proof of residence.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections had issued guidelines on using electronic proof of residence, and the use by election officials of smart phone displayed utility bills fell within those guidelines.

“As county boards sit down to count provisional ballots today, Dan Forest is busy trying to throw out votes from Election Day,” Coleman said. “That’s just wrong—and the wrong way to approach democracy.  We’re going to spend the day making sure every vote is counted, not trashed.”


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Coleman Team Expands List of Correctly, yet not-counted, Registered Voters List

Coleman Legal Team Expands List of Correctly Registered Voters who are scheduled to not be counted on Canvass Day

‘Number of Potential Disenfranchised Voters Tops 3,000, disproportionately young, African-American, Democrats’

Raleigh, NC—The Linda Coleman Legal Team today said that as of Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m., there are now more than 3,000 properly registered voters who have still not had their provisional ballot approved to be counted when local boards conduct final canvassing at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The board of elections database of voters indicates they are properly registered to vote, but local boards of elections have either placed their provisional ballots in their “do not count” pile or not yet approved their ballot for counting.

Our research shows that the voters believed to be disenfranchised are disproportionately, young voters, African-American voters and registered Democrats.

“We keep finding voters who never should have received a provisional ballot in the first place,” Coleman said. “Now, we believe there’s enough evidence to suggest that most of these votes should be counted.”

The Coleman Team has worked since Election Day to understand why more than 50,000 voters were given provisional ballots on Election Day. Provisional ballots are given to voters when citizens attempt to vote and precinct election officials fail to find their name on the voting rolls, among other reasons.

“We are making an effort to have every vote counted that deserves to be counted,” Coleman said. “We have asked the state board to ask each county to review these names and count the ballots of each of these voters.”

Voter File attached for background purposes only


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Coleman Legal Team To File Suit Over Unconstitutional Registration Requirements in North Carolina

Team Also to Sue DMV Over Failure to Turn Over Motor Voter Database

RALEIGH — The Linda Coleman Legal Team today said it will file a lawsuit to require county boards of election to count the votes of citizens who showed up on Election Day, Nov. 6, intending to register and then vote and were denied a ballot.

North Carolina allows same day registration for early voting but requires that voters be previously registered to vote on Election Day.

“The state treats the same voter differently even though their situations are exactly the same,” Coleman said. “You can’t treat these people differently. That’s unconstitutional, and we believe their votes deserve to be counted.”

Coleman’s team is identifying voters who were denied their right to vote because they showed up on Election Day to vote instead of going to early vote.

“North Carolina can’t have two different sets of rules for voting,” Coleman said. “These voters had their right to vote taken away by an arbitrary rule. That’s not right, and we believe all votes must be counted.”

Coleman’s team also plans to file suit to force the N.C. Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), to turn over records of people who said they registered at local DMV but whose names failed to show up on the voter rolls on Election Day. The DMV denied an open records request for the information from the Coleman team, which included asking for people who said they registered to vote while renewing or obtaining their driver’s license after Nov. 1, 2010.

“The DMV is wrong,” Coleman said. “Our team believes there are voters who are registered but local boards are going to throw away their provisional ballots and not count them. We want to find these voters—no matter which candidate they picked—before their voices are silence.”


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