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Orange County Democratic Voter Turnout by Precinct on Eve of Election Day

See the Democratic voter turnout so far, in your precinct, on the eve of Election Day. Total Orange County turnout (including all party affiliations + unaffiliated voters) is 67%.

How to Return Your Mail-in Ballot

In addition to mailing in your vote-by-mail ballot or returning it to the Orange County Board Elections office in Hillsborough, you can return your mail-in-ballot at ANY early voting location in Orange County.

The Board of Elections will have dedicated staff and separate lines to receive in-person returns of mail-in-ballots. They will also have extra staff to direct voters inside the polling place in an attempt to minimize people getting in the wrong lines.

Those voting by mail should FOLLOW the INSTRUCTIONS on the return envelope— the voter must sign and the witness must print their name, address and then sign. Missing witness info is the #1 deficiency on mail-in ballots.

noMail-in ballots can’t be returned to Election Day precinct polling places though.

How to vote in Orange County for the 2020 General Election

We're compiling all the information you need to vote and have it be counted in the November 2020 General Election.

Early voting starts on Thursday, October 15th at 8am at all sites.

Here's a link for dates, times and locations.

Orange County Early Voting Information

Here's a link for information for requesting your Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Ballot.

CHCCS to Form Task Force on Safety and SROs

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School system (CHCCS) will create a task force to decide how the district wants to address the issue of school safety, and whether School Resource Officers (SROs) and security guards should play a part.

Meeting July 23, the Board of Education voted unanimously to create the task force after hearing staff presentations and receiving a surge of emails from community members with both positive and negative views of keeping SROs in schools.

SROs are members of local police departments who work in the schools based on a contract with the school district, and are funded by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. The contract is currently lapsed and with CHCCS going virtual for the first 9 weeks of the year, the district has some time to consider whether it wants to renew existing arrangement with the police departments. In contrast, security guards are hired by the district as CHCCS employees.

Law Enforcement in Orange County: Reforming, Defunding, Abolition

Amid recent police killings, in the time of COVID-19, there are renewed calls for community safety changes including defunding the police, reforms such as the 8 Can't Wait Movement and abolition. Here's a run down of recent local responses.

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