2006 - It's on!

I have completed what I think is a comprehensive list of candidates for the primary, which is 3 weeks from last Tuesday, but early voting starts TODAY!

This election information required quite a bit of research as the County Board of Elections doesn't list judicial or congressional races, or candidates that file in other counties for state legislative races. All the state BOE offers is one huge document listing all legislative, jusdicial, and congressional candidates for the entire state. Oy. Anyway, I have also included candidate web sites if I could find them. Please visit http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2006 and let me know if I have missed anything.

Here are the early voting locations:

Orange County Board of Elections
110 East King Street
Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
April 13 – April 29
(Office Closed April 14 & 15)
Monday – Friday – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday – April 22 & 29 - 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Chapel Hill – Morehead Planetarium
East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
April 24 – April 29
Monday – Friday - 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – April 29th - 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Carrboro Town Hall
301 West Main Street, Carrboro
April 24 – April 29
Monday – Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – April 29th - 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



It's on all right! Just received a recorded message from Michael Patrick telling me that early voting started today and asking that I consider voting for him for Superior Court Judge. I don't know what the recorded calls cost, but it seems the races for judges will get more expensive as others feel it necessary to do the same thing.

FYI, I've been told recorded calls cost about 7 or 8 cents each. Compared to direct mail costs of $.75 to $1.00 per piece, that's pretty cheap.

Good to know Mike and if it's calls instead of mailings, that will be cheaper. But are we going to see candidates do both?

Just a guess here, but I suspect you'll see a few candidates doing both. It's hard to win an election without doing direct mail, so that's a given for any serious candidate. The automated phone calls aren't a necessity, but are popular with candidates because they're inexpensive and consultants swear they work.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of the automated phone calls. In fact, I gave up having a land line because of annoying calls like that!


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