GOP chairman of North Carolina: 'If you know the rules 2 years before, you have to play by them'
Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party Michael Whatley says the party needs to learn how to adapt with early voting and absentee voting.
"Republicans are always gonna have a great day on Election Day," Whatley said on Tuesday's edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "But if you are so far behind because of early voting and absentee voting that you can't dig yourself out of that hole, it really is going to make a big difference. So we've got to be able to compete."
According to Whatley, it is important for voters to understand their state laws so they can know how to adapt to them.
"You certainly have to understand the rules that you're playing by," Whatley explained. "If you know the rules two years in advance, and you can't adapt to them, that's really a problem."
Whatley said that the North Carolina Republican Party put together an early voting program since many voters prefer to vote prior to Election Day.
"We put in place an early vote program because we have 17 days of early voting in North Carolina," Whatley stated. "In the 2020 election cycle — that was the first time in the history of the state that Republicans actually won with early voting. And we did very well during the early voting this cycle around as well."
North Carolina recently elected GOP Rep. Ted Budd to be the next senator from the state starting in 2023 following the retirement of Republican Senator Richard Burr.
"Ted Budd was such a fantastic candidate," Whatley concluded. "He ran a really flawless campaign. We got out the vote and we were able to protect the ballot."