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Two Views on the N.C. Constitutional Amendment

Jeff Miles's picture

In case you haven't heard, this year's general election ballot includes a referendum on a constitutional amendment allowing defendants charged with all but the most serious felonies to waive their right to a jury trial, and have a judge decide whether they are guilty or innocent instead. Forty-nine other states and the federal government allow criminal defendants to opt for bench trials.

Quarterly Happy Hour

ORANGEPOLITICS TO HOST HAPPY HOUR, ENGAGE COMMUNITY BEFORE ELECTIONS

OrangePolitics will host a happy hour on Friday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at TRU Deli + Wine for residents to gather and discuss local politics prior to the upcoming elections. 

The happy hour will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss local politics prior to upcoming elections with candidates and current elected officials, as well as others in the community who are well versed in local politics.

Local officials who have attended in the past include town commissioners, councilors and members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange County Boards of Education. 

TRU is located at 114 Henderson St., a close walk for students and individuals who live downtown.

OrangePolitics will also be providing complimentary cheese platters.

Orange County will hold elections on Nov. 4, and polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. With the happy hour just three weeks before elections, voters will have a prime opportunity to hear more about local candidates and issues from a well-informed sect of Orange County residents.

Date: 

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Tru Deli + Wine, 114 Henderson Street, Chapel Hill

Board of Elections Public Input Meeting for Early Voting

lnackman's picture

I attended the last two Orange County Board of Elections public meetings as a resident who cares about easy access to voting for all citizens. Tuesday’s meeting was a complete sham.  While the meeting’s purpose was advertised on the Board’s web site as “[t]o receive public input on the 2014 November One-Stop voting hours and location,” the Board’s actions said otherwise.

Recap of Orange County Board of Elections Meeting

leestorrow's picture

This morning I attended the Orange County Board of Elections meeting where they determined the early voting plan for the Fall 2014 elections. I have been attending BOE meetings in Orange County for several years, and this was by far the largest turnout (over 50 people by my count) I have ever seen.

Expand Voting Access on Weekends

leestorrow's picture

Tomorrow the Orange County Board of Elections will adopt a plan for early voting for the fall election. The Board will consider both the locations and hours for early voting. When it comes to locations, the board should keep the same voting locations used during the spring primary to maintain consistency. After considering a number of options, the plan adopted for the primary included five early voting sites, including a location in rural Orange County at Master’s Garden Preschool, and a location adjacent to UNC’s campus at North Carolina Hillel.

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