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June 7 primary: early vote, absentee and ballot info

On June 7 North Carolina has a statewide nonpartisan primary for Supreme Court justice, as well as congressional primaries.  Orange County is now totally in the 4th District, where David Price has no primary.  Democrats and Libertarians get just the court ballot, while Republicans (plus unaffiliated who want to vote in the GOP primary) also get the Congressional.  Polls on June 7 are open the usual 6:30 am to 7:30 pm  

Regular voter registration is already over, but at early voting same day registration and reporting of address changes is allowed

 

Sample ballots: http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/board_of_elections/sample_ball...

There will just be two early voting sites, BoE office and Seymour Center, both May 26-27 and May 31-June 4: http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/board_of_elections/2016Electio...

Yes Virginia, there is a primary June 7

 

Yes, there is a primary June 7. 

Orange County has just two items on the ballot, a Supreme Court nonpartisan primary to narrow the field from 4 to 2, and a GOP primary in the 4th Congressional District.  In the former all Orange County residents can vote, in the latter just Republicans and unaffiliated (unaffiliated can vote in that primary regardless of whether they voted in the Democratic or Republican primary March 15)

For Supreme Court there are 4 candidates:

Bob Edmunds, a Greensboro Republican who is the incumbent Justice.  I've known Bob 45 years, and he contributed to my 1975 Chapel Hill mayoral campaign.  More recently he's voted consistently in lockstep with the 4-3 GOP majority on the NC Supreme Court.

Mike Morgan, a black Democrat from Wake County.  Mike has been a superior court judge the last 8 years and was a district court judge before that.

Sabra Faires, an unaffiliated voter in Wake County, the plaintiff in litigation that overturned the up or down retention election ordered by the 2015 General Assembly and forced a more normal election

Daniel Robertson, a Davie County Democrat.  I know nothing about him

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

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