HRC President Chad Griffin and VP Nominee Tim Kaine Visit Charlotte to Kick Off Early Voting

Last night, in advance of the third and final presidential debate, volunteers gathered at the TurnOUT North Carolina office in Charlotte for an election phone bank. Callers chatted with HRC members about several of the candidates that HRC PAC and Equality NC (ENC) Action Fund PAC have endorsed, including Roy Cooper for Governor, Josh Stein for Attorney General and Linda Coleman for Lt. Governor.

Halfway through the phone bank, HRC President Chad Griffin and ENC Executive Director Chris Sgro stopped by to share some words of encouragement with the packed room of volunteers. Griffin emphasized that while the presidential election is receiving a lot of attention, the nation will also be watching North Carolina state level elections following the HB2 debacle. Only with a change in the legislature and governor’s office in Raleigh with pro-equality elected officials will the state have a chance at repealing HB2.

The group then wrapped up the phone bank with a few final calls before heading over to Murphy’s Kitchen & Tap for a debate viewing party. Over 100 pro-equality voters filled the restaurant.  As folks picked up signs, stickers and t-shirts, Congresswoman Alma Adams addressed the crowd. She emphasized how important it is for the LGBTQ community to “turnOUT” this election, both at the state and federal levels.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening came when vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine stopped by to thank HRC and the attendees for their hard work in advance of Election Day. His visit energized the crowd and left everyone eager for Hillary Clinton’s final debate performance.

Griffin and Sgro briefly thanked everyone for attending the event and for their continued commitments to equality. All attention then turned to the debate, where we once again witnessed a poised and prepared Hillary Clinton out-perform an agitated and unbalanced Trump.

Today, there are an estimated 255,000 LGBTQ adults living in North Carolina — a substantial population given that the state was won in the last three presidential elections by an average of 180,500 votes. Nearly 90,000 LGBTQ adults live in the Charlotte Metro Area alone. The LGBTQ voting bloc in North Carolina will play a pivotal role in the presidential, gubernatorial and other down ballot races.

We invite you to join us in helping to #turnOUT every last vote, particularly in the critical state of North Carolina.  Click here to sign-up to volunteer at our Charlotte or Raleigh offices.

If you have questions about HRC’s work in North Carolina to #turnOUT voters, please contact HRC Associate Regional Field Director Ryan Wilson at

It’s not too late to register to vote in North Carolina. During the early vote period that runs through Saturday, November 5. North Carolina residents can register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time at any early voting location in their county.

Ashley Fowler at the Charlotte presidential debate party

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