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46th President-elect Joe Biden addressing the nation on Nov 6 ahead of his win.

Joe Biden elected as 46th president of United States

Nicolas Ziccardi, Contributing Writer November 9, 2020
After an unprecedented election week and a swarm of conflict and inevitable lawsuits, Former Vice-President Joe Biden has secured enough electoral votes to become the President-Elect and the eventual 46 President of the United States.  
The riverwalk along the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington.

New Hanover County 2020 election results

Veronica Wernicke, News Editor November 7, 2020
As of Nov. 6, the North Carolina State Board of Election unofficial 2020 general election results have reported 100% of the state’s precincts, however, only 74.56% (5,487,734 out of 7,359,798) of the ballots casts have been counted.
The North Carolina State Capitol building, where these bills discussed by Judge JH Corpening were deliberated over by NC officials.

NC 2020 election results

Veronica Wernicke, News Editor November 7, 2020
As of Nov. 6, the North Carolina State Board of Election unofficial 2020 general election results have reported 100% of the state’s precincts, however, only 74.56% (5,487,734 out of 7,359,798) of the ballots casts have been counted. According to reports from WECT, local boards of elections are set to meet between Nov. 10 and 13 to approve the remaining provisional and absentee ballots. Official election results are expected to be reported following those meetings. 
Coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Photo by Clay Banks

OPINION: The polls have betrayed us once again

Hannah Horowitz, Staff Writer November 7, 2020
The polls do not consistently reflect the thoughts of the average American. Getting a representative sample of the American public is an extremely daunting task, and it often does not fully align with demographic breakdowns.
Judges gavel rests on the stand. Photo by Tingey Injury Law Firm.

OPINION: It’s time for the US to decriminalize drugs

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor November 7, 2020
The rest of the US needs to follow in Oregon’s progressive footsteps in order to benefit the wellbeing of our nation. The national decriminalization of drugs would reduce mass incarceration and institutionalized racism. On a national level, this change would be a monumental step towards equality and autonomy for all.
Close-up image of the American flag. Photo by Luke Michael

OPINION: Trump isn’t the only serious threat to American democracy

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer November 2, 2020
The US’ two-party system and resultant hyper-partisanship are, besides COVID-19, the greatest threats to the freedom of its citizenry. The country’s high-stakes, all-or-nothing elections force voters to choose between the lesser of two evil candidates rather than several promising ones.
Jenna Wadsworth is the democratic candidate running for NC Commissioner of Agriculture.

Meet the candidates: Jenna Wadsworth

Gia Lash, Contributing Writer October 26, 2020

Jenna Wadsworth is the Democratic candidate running for the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture. She grew up on a farm in Johnston County, N.C., and attended the North Carolina School of Science...

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump, shown in a reflection, participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the last debate between the two candidates before the election on November 3. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/TNS)

Biden and Trump face off in final debate

Bethanie Simms, Contributing Writer October 26, 2020
The final presidential debate of the 2020 election took place on Oct. 23, just twelve days before the election. The second debate, in what was supposed to be a series of three, was held at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. 
American election mail envelopes

New Hanover voter guide 2020: District and county offices

Nicolas Ziccardi, Contributing Writer October 25, 2020
this guide is intended to give you a better glimpse not only at who you are voting for, but what they are running for. 
American election mail envelope with face mask

New Hanover voter guide 2020: State offices

Nicolas Ziccardi, Contributing Writer October 25, 2020
Not only do local candidates have the greatest control over the facets of life that reach their citizens, but they are also more closely linked and beholden to their constituents.
American election mail envelope with pen

New Hanover Voter Guide 2020: Federal offices

Nicolas Ziccardi, Contributing Writer October 25, 2020
Once again, America has reached that hallowed event voters hold both sacred in their hearts and yet seem to dread all the same. One roadblock many Americans face when picking their candidates are not only deciding who to pick but deciphering what position they are running for in the first place. Positions that may read as trivial or, frankly, boring, have potentially the greatest effect on citizens.
Doctor holding mask and stethoscope during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ashkan Forouzani

OPINION: We must prepare for the next pandemic now

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer October 22, 2020
The US is facing its worst health crisis in more than 100 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted unprecedented economic and social disruption this year, with no end in sight. Eight million Americans have fallen ill with the virus, and 220,000 of them did not make it. This means the US has the highest numbers of any nation. And yet cases are still soaring; in fact, they are on track to hit a third peak. Scientists are warning that this peak may be the largest of them all, especially as winter weather will force huge swaths of the country indoors and several holidays loom.
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