Elections

News and opinions related to local elections.

november local elections

So only one incumbent running for Chapel Hill Town Council and none for school board.

 

Local 2021 elections

Our elections were not pushed back by the state legislature and will still be held in November. Filing dates are a month earlier than when I ran for Chapel Hill Town Council in 2013. This year filing dates with Orange County Board of Elections are 7/2 tp 7/16/21. Filing fee ranges from $5 to $15. Make sure you have your political finance committee set up and be ready to make reports by the time you file. Good luck.

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.

local campaigning

Today I picked up the fliers for Kings Mill precinct from Orange County Democrats to pass out (on the front porch, socially distancing, no knocking on doors) with a sample ballot, directions how how to vote early or absentee and ways to get economic help from the county if you need it. One person told me she already mailed in her ballot. Nov. 3 will be here soon.

Local Orange County March 3 2020 election results

Here are the unofficial results from the March primary. I just returned from El Salvador the night before and worked the Democratic Table at Kings Mill precinct. Lots of folks seemed glad they waited until election day to vote. I don't think the " save our orange county schools" campaign was not fair but it seemed to have worked against the incumbent commissioners. Looks like locally older white men (like me) didn't do so well. Younger ones like Hathaway won. On the national level.... Back in El Salvador they are talking about their mayor and national assembly elections in 2021. Many commented to me that their new president is more crazy than Trump. He sent the armed military into their Legislative building to encourage representative to vote for a security (military) bill.

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