U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said Thursday he has “grave concerns” about North Carolina’s absentee by-mail system, less than two days after he said he had so much faith in the system that he challenged his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, to vote by mail.
Tillis’ about-face comes after the North Carolina State Board of Elections unanimously agreed Tuesday to a tentative settlement outlining a series of changes to the absentee by-mail system. Wednesday, both of the board’s Republican members unexpectedly resigned, saying they were misled during the settlement discussion, a claim that a Board of Elections spokesperson disputed.
Shortly before Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Sept. 18 after serving on the nation’s highest court for 27 years, she dictated to her niece her final wish: that her seat not be filled until a new president was elected.
That meant little to Senate Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, who wasted no time in saying he’d move to confirm whatever nominee President Donald Trump might offer.
It also meant little to embattled North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who quashed any notion of fair play related to McConnell blocking President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland upon the death of then-justice Antonin Scalia back in 2016, more than eight months before the presidential election.