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Election Method Similar to Orange County Commissioners Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Appeals Court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Tucson's method of nominating city council members in districts and electing them citywide (similar to Orange County's method for electing commissioners) was unconstitutional. 

I've been around Orange Politics so long that Roy Cooper advanced events for me

One fall in the mid to late '70s I did a tour of several dorms speaking about elections and voter registration. An undergrad named Roy Cooper advanced at last the Morrison Dorm event, hand lettering posters on bulleting boards inviting folks. His name was Roy Cooper

picture of the flyer:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPnDenNHvas2CjBer3JiamqIp1fSu0Vndm0i6FiRyR457ocW29MwOop9skk85zZug?key=cjFRSm5wN2NyRUszWnBRNTRrTnpBN2p6bWx6c2ZB

Early voting 2015 and 2016 - there will be more sites

This fall there are four early voting sites with a total of 236 site hours, see http://www.orangecountync.gov/2015_November_3_One_stop_Voting_Sites.pdf. County board of elections have pretty complete discretion on municipal early voting subject to the $$$ the towns appropriate to pay for it.

The 2013 legislation that cut early voting from 17 to 10 days requires preservation of the same number of site hours that were in the 2010 and 2012 primaries and elections as a floor. The statutory floors for 2016 are:
March presidential primary 426 hours
May primary if it is not moved to March 226 hours (roughly same schedule as 2015 municipal)
November General election 528 hours

This means that for the March presidential primary there may need to be 7 sites instead of the 4 this fall and even at 7 there may need to be more hours per day, more hours on Saturdays, and perhaps even a Sunday

For the 2016 general election it will likely be 9 sites to handle the 528 hours over 10 days

Vote by Mail starts Friday 9/5

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

2nd primary sample ballots are out

2nd primary sample ballots are posted now

ORANGE-20140715-Style001-REP.pdf GOP 6th Congressional District (Cedar Grove, Tolars, Caldwell, Efland, Cameron Park, St. Mary's, Eno only)

ORANGE-20140715-Style002-DEM.pdf Democratic Sheriff countywide

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