On Campus Early Voting Being Challenged by the R Majority
Great Saturday Morning “Coffee Conversations with your Commissioner” this morning. The conversation focused on the OCBOE’s possible attempt to move early voting off the UNC Campus. The R-majority would like to move the voting site to the Chapel Hill Public Library citing complications with parking and access for any campus sites. The Rams Head Dining Hall site has already been voted off the list, as a matter of fact it never made the list. I think having early voting at the CH library is a fine idea to relieve the so called parking and access pressure, however, that should be in conjunction with an early voting site on campus, NOT instead of. Linda Convissor, UNC’s Community Relations Director is working with the BOE to identify additional sites and we are hoping for a positive outcome. Students at UNC should not be disenfranchised; we all witnessed the Wataga BOE in action. Please pay attention to this evolving story. What happens in 2014 early voting can be with us for years to come. Now is the time to speak out. Next BOE meeting is February 4th currently scheduled at the BOE office in Hillsborough, 3:30pm. (I am told that they may not meet in Hillsborough, rather take a tour of the suggested sites.Check the web sitehttp://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/index.asp) It is critical that we have input from as many stakeholders as possible in order to meet the community’s needs and maintain ballot access in this new restrictive environment.
The OC commissioners made it quite clear that we will help in any way we can.
The BOE will have to submit their site suggestion to the state by March 14th.
BOE in Hillsborough – required by statute
Carrboro Town Hall
Additional Sites under consideration;
Cobb Residence Hall
Stone Center – logistical problems during football season
523 East Franklin – site of the old library
Chapel Hill Public Library
Newman Center on campus is a possible suggestion
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