Vote Tuesday, no really

So there's an election again on Tuesday, in which Democrats get to select whether Elaine Marshall or Cal Cunnigham will run against US Senator Richard Burr in the fall. (I'm partial to Elaine, but I really don't care which one wins as long as he or she beats Burr.) Voters in the northern and western* part of Orange County will also be settling a near-tie for fourth place in the nonpartisan Orange County Board of Education race.  By all accounts (, your choices seem to be dumb and dumber, so good luck with that!

I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't realize there would be one-stop early voting for this run off until it started a couple of weeks ago. You can only do it at the Board of Elections office in Hillsborough and it ends Saturday afternoon. Get the info at or just vote on Tuesday at your own poll site like you would on any other election day.

With so little to draw people out, I wonder if this will be one of the state's lowest turnout elections ever? 

* Corrected 6/21/10. 

Early Voting - Primary Runoff Election


Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 4:00am to Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 9:00am


Orange County Board of Elections, 208 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough

Primary Runoff Election


Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 2:30am to 3:30pm

What's at issue in the School Board runoff

As you probably know by now, Laura Nicholson has requested a runoff against current School Board Chair Anne Medenblik.  The special runoff election will be held on June 22nd - the same day as the U.S.  Senatorial showdown between Democrats Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham.

Under the rules for the non-partisan school board race, a candidate may request a runoff if one or more top vote getters fails to win more votes than the total number of votes cast divided by the number of candidates running.

In the school board race, the threshold was 2,636 votes. Medenblik, who finished fourth in the race for four seats, won 2,565 votes; Nicholson won 2,500 votes 

- N&O: Runoff ahead in Orange County, 5/13/10 


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