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With all votes counted, local results confirm Election Night finishes — and an upward trend for Hburg Democrats

After the city’s last absentee ballots were counted by Saturday, there was no substantive change from the picture that had emerged late on Election Day — in either this year’s races or with longer-term trends.

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Dozens are gathering at Court Square until all votes are counted

With ballots still being counted in several swing states and the race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden still too close to call, a small group took to the streets on Thursday to demand that all votes be counted – including in Harrisonburg.

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Hirschmann’s last stand and other observations from the election in Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg City Council member George Hirschmann has yet to find out for sure if he’ll serve a second term. But, in characteristic style, Hirschmann is unfazed by the uncertainty. In fact, even if he wins, he has an exit strategy to retire from politics after the next four-year term.

Reed, Dent appear to win council election; Hirschmann also likely re-elected

Mayor Deanna Reed and Laura Dent, both Democrats, and Independent incumbent George Hirschmann are leading the race for three seats on the Harrisonburg City Council, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night by the city registrar’s office. The results do not include absentee ballots returned on Tuesday to drop boxes located at each voting precinct. While that total is not known, election officials said several hundred absentee ballots were still outstanding as of Tuesday.

What to expect locally as votes are cast and counted

While many voters will head to the polls Tuesday, the precincts won’t be nearly as crowded as past presidential elections now that a total of about 40 percent of Harrisonburg voters already cast ballots either at the early voting precinct at City Hall or through the mail.

Pandemic creates added challenges for migrant workers and the farms that employ them

Migrant workers, who would spend this fall picking apples at Turkey Knob Growers’ orchard in Timberville, travelled roughly 50 hours by bus from Monterrey, Mexico, late this summer to get to northern Rockingham County. It’s a trip many have made for years. But in 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, everything seems to come with additional risks.

Hey Elderly Aunt, how can I handle awkward political talk at Thanksgiving or should I just bail on it?

Dear Elderly Aunt: … what advice do you have for talking about politics after the election (or not talking about it) during Thanksgiving? … What can I do to avoid or handle the topic regardless of who wins, who loses or if the election is still undecided? Or should I just play it safe, blame COVID and not go this year?

The 2020 Economic Recovery

When you draw the letter K you probably start with a simple vertical line. Somewhere near the midpoint of that line you then draw two more lines, one rising diagonally upwards towards the top and the other descending diagonally towards the bottom. According to some economists, these two diverging lines represent the two distinct recovery trends that are simultaneously occurring right now as our economy struggles to regain its footing.

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