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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.

Early Voting Information for March 3, 2020 Primary

Here are the days/times for Early Voting

Thursday – Friday, February 13 – 14 8 am – 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 15 8 am – 3 pm

Sunday, February 16 12 pm – 4 pm

Monday – Friday, February 17 – 21 8 am – 7:30 pm

Monday – Friday, February 24 – 28 8 am – 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 29 8 am – 3 pm

 

Voting Locations

Board of Elections office 208 S Cameron St, Hillsborough

Carrboro Town Hall 301 W Main St, Carrboro

Chapel of the Cross 304 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill

Efland Ruritan Club 3009 Forrest Ave, Efland

Seymour Senior Center 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill University Place, D14 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill

List of Candidate Forums for March 2020 Election

Below is a regularly updated compilation of Candidate Forums for candidates running for Orange County Commissioner, District Judge and Orange County School Board.

*We will add new forums and details as they emerge. If you have corrections, updates, and new forums to share, please post in the comments below and we'll update this post.

February 3           Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools PTA Council Commissioners Candidate Forum, 7:00 pm to 8:30                                    pm at Chapel Hill Town Hall 

February 5           Democratic Women of Orange County 'Date with a Candidate' (County Commissioner, District                                            Judge),  6:30 pm at the Seymour Center

Elections 2020

Primary elections are scheduled for March 3, 2020, for several county and legislative offices, including the Orange County Board of Commissioners, the Orange County Board of Education, and NC Senate and House.

Orange County Board of Commissioners

For the Orange County Board of Commissioners, an at-large seat, two District 1 seats, and a District 2 seat are up for election.

List of 2019 Candidate Forums

Below is a regularly updated compilation of Candidate Forums for candidates running for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board, Carrboro Board of Alderpersons, Chapel Hill Town Council and Hillsborough Town Board.

*We will add new forums and details as they emerge. If you have corrections, updates, and new forums to share, please post in the comments below and we'll update this post.

Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education Forums

September 4    8:00 am     Chamber of Commerce Coffee with the Candidates, Sienna Hotel

September 28  2:00 pm    Chinese School at Chapel Hill, Candidates Forum, Smith Middle School

October 8         3:00 pm     Carol Woods Forum, Carol Woods Assembly Hall

October 10       7:00 pm     Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP & PTA Council, Chapel Hill Town Hall Council Chambers

October 13       10:45 am    First Baptist Church Municipal + School Board Meet & Greet during/after church service

October 19         8:30 am     Meadowmont Brunch Bunch Meet the Candidate Open House, Cafe Carolina

 

Town of Carrboro

OP-NEXT Candidate Coming Out Party on July 19th, 2019

OrangePolitics is teaming up with NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro this year to hold our semi-annual Candidate Coming Out Party & Happy Hour.

The event will be on the last day of filing, Friday, July 19th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at The Station, Carrboro (201 East Main Street in Carrboro).

Catering will be from Venable Bistro. The Station is creating a special cocktail for us. Tip your bartender!

Election Information

Here's what we know about Who's Running so far.

Here's the November 2019 Elections Schedule.

Carrboro

In Carrboro, the mayor and 4 alderperson seats are up for election.

  • Voters will elect a mayor to serve a 2-year term for the seat currently held by incumbent Lydia Lavelle.
  • Voters will elect 3 alderpersons to 4-year terms.

Chapel Hill

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