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Vote by Mail starts Friday 9/5

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Vote by mail starts Friday September 5 for the November 4 election. For the first time there is a form that you can print out, fill out and sign, then submit in one of 3 ways: US Mail, FAX, or scan and attach to an email. You don't have to wait til Friday to submit your request.  details:

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/absentee.asp

HD50 vacancy next

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some basics on the House District 50 upcoming vavancy:

http://ncleg.net/Legislation/constitution/article2.html

Sec. 7.  Qualifications for Representative.

Each Representative, at the time of his election, shall be a qualified voter of the State, and shall have resided in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election.

Transit sales tax in Durham/Orange effective April 1

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The 1/2% transit sales tax in Durham and Orange Counties taxes becomes effective Monday April 1, so if you are imbibing out past midnight on Sunday, tip your glass to regional transit.

The $7 county vehicle registration fee for transit takes effect a bit later, July 1 in Orange and September 1 in Durham. The $3 TTA Durham/Orange regional fee surcharge is still plodding through the approval process.

Carrboro special election schedule posted (early voting only in Hillsborough?)

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Orange County has posted the detailed schedule for the Carrboro special election on March 19, looks like 13 days of early voting in Hillsborough and none in Carrboro.

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/includes/ElectionCalendar.asp

March 19th Special Election for Carrboro to fill an unexpired term ending 2015 for Board of Aldermen

February 1, Noon - Filing Begins - $10 filing fee

Lots of 2012 election stats for Orange

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Lots of election stats for Orange in the 2012 general election are here, broken down by a gazillion different things. This had been out there through the campaign with daily updates of absentee and early vote stats, now it includes election day as well.

http://www.carolinatransparency.com/votetracker/gen2012/county/orange/ You can click by method, city of mailing address, precinct, or make a custom query. The age graph is interesting !

Carrboro special election date a challenge for campaigners and voters

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Carrboro's decision to call a special election for Tuesday, March 19 will be a challenge for campaigns, what with UNC on Spring Break starting March 8 and classes resuming March 18. Important media like the DTH will suspend publication the prior week, and while the Town Board has recognized that it will have early voting, March 8-March 16 early voting dates will also be during break when many students, faculty and staff take vacation.

2012 General Election by precinct now up - (and hey Mark M White Cross almost passed transit)

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Tracy Reams at the BoE sent me this today: "Good afternoon. Wanted to let you know that we have completed sorting through the 54,229 ballots cast prior to Election Day and the results are available on our website at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/archive.asp. PDF is report by VTD (Voting Tabulation District) where all votes cast are reported in their home precincts."

Official Vote total released Friday for Orange - Obama 70.22%, Transit 58.88% Yes

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Officially canvassed election results were releaesd by the Orange County Board of Elections Friday afternoon.

About 160 of the 400 provisional ballots were counted, along with civilian absentee ballots received thru 11/9 and military and overseas ballots received thru 11/15. A total of 77,050 votes were cast (compared with 75,194 in 2008). Prez wound up 70.22% to 28.06%, Dalton had 64.44, to McCrory's 32.42% with the Libertarian 3.08% (above Howe's statewide average of 2.1%)

The official canvass inched the YES on Transit up from 58.83% to 58.88%.

I also got from the BoE some stats broken down by early vote site (the online canvass has all five sites lumped in together - the totals will be broken out by precinct by early January).

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