Early Voting Turnout Still High In OC

Only three days remain for early voting this year, and turnout at the polls is still consistently high in Orange County.

On Tuesday, Day 5 of the early voting period, 2433 Orange County residents cast their ballots – almost exactly the same as Monday’s total. Through the first five days, 11,591 Orange County residents have cast early ballots – putting Orange County on track to end with about 21,000 early votes cast, if the trends hold.

See a complete day-by-day breakdown of votes cast by location.

To put that into perspective: in the last midterm, in 2010, a total of 16,500 Orange County residents cast early ballots.

Early voting continues through Saturday at five locations in Orange County: at the Board of Elections office in Hillsborough; at Master’s Garden Preschool, also in Hillsborough; at the Seymour Center on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill; at NC Hillel in downtown Chapel Hill, on Cameron Avenue just off campus; and at Carrboro Town Hall on Main Street.

For a full list of locations and hours of operation, click here.

Election Day itself is Tuesday, November 4.

http://chapelboro.com/news/election/early-voting-turnout-still-high-oc/

With Senate Race Still Close, Voter Turnout Is High In OC

Three days into the early voting period, turnout remains brisk across Orange County – and across the state of North Carolina.

That’s no surprise: turnout is typically lower for midterm elections, but this year all eyes are on North Carolina as the race for control of the U.S. Senate could come down to the contest between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis, the Speaker of the State House of Representatives.

Surveys show the two in a neck-and-neck race, and different pollsters have different candidates in the lead. Last week, Public Policy Polling released its latest survey, showing Hagan holding on to a slim three-point lead, with Libertarian Sean Haugh polling about 5 percent and a sizable number of voters still undecided.

See the full results from PPP.

And we’re not alone. All over the country, more and more surveys are showing more and more races coming down to the wire – which means it’s still entirely unclear who’s going to be celebrating come Election Day.

WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with Public Policy Polling director Tom Jensen last week.

 

As for voter turnout: in the first three days of the nine-day early voting period, 6690 voters cast their ballots in Orange County alone. That means Orange County is on track to see about 20,000 early voters this year. To put that into perspective, about 16,500 residents cast early ballots in the last midterm, in 2010.

The Orange County Board of Elections has broken the numbers down by day and by early-voting site.

Early voting resumes today and continues through Saturday. There are five early voting sites in Orange County: the Board of Elections office in downtown Hillsborough; Master’s Garden Preschool, also in Hillsborough; the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill, just off Homestead Road; NC Hillel on Cameron Avenue in downtown Chapel Hill, just off campus; and Carrboro Town Hall on Main Street.

View a full list of polling sites and hours of operation.

The Seymour Center has seen the biggest turnout so far, with more than 2000 early voters already.

http://chapelboro.com/news/election/senate-race-still-close-voter-turnout-high-oc/

Orange County Gears Up For Early Voting

Early voting begins Thursday and runs through November 1, but the early voting period will be a week shorter than previous years due to a controversial election reform bill signed by the governor in 2013.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld provisions of the new law that ban same-day registration and voting out of precinct in N.C. That ruling came just a week after a lower court stuck down the provisions.

But Tracy Reams, Director of the Orange County Board of Elections, says despite the back and forth in the courts, her office has not seen an increase in calls from confused voters.

“We’ve gotten very few calls as far as voter confusion on early voting. The calls that we’ve been receiving are more asking the hours and locations.”

Nor has Reams seen an increase in requests for absentee ballots.

“We have mailed 1,000 absentee ballots out already, but that is pretty comparable to mid-term elections, so I really can’t say that there are a whole lot more than what we’ve seen in past elections.”

Voters have until 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 28 to request an absentee ballot in the Board of Elections office in Hillsborough.

Orange County residents can visit one of five early voting sites:

Board of Elections
208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough
Thursday & Friday, October 23 & October 24, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday – Friday, October 27 – October 31, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Carrboro Town Hall
301 W. Main St, Carrboro

Seymour Senior Center
2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

North Carolina Hillel
210 W. Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill

Master’s Garden Preschool
(Former St. Mary’s School) 7500 Schley Rd, Hillsborough

The above 4 sites have the following hours:
Thursday, October 23, Noon – 7 p.m.
Friday, October 24, Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday – Thursday, October 27 – October 30, Noon – 7 p.m.
Friday, October 31, Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m

All polling sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

http://chapelboro.com/news/election/orange-county-gears-early-voting/

OC Board of Elections Meets Tuesday to Consider More Early-Voting Hours

The Orange County Board of Elections will hear from the public Tuesday at a meeting that could determine whether early-voting hours for the fall election will be expanded on Saturday, and perhaps extended to Sunday.

“What I’m hoping is that the Board will be receptive to the idea of extending hours on Saturday – currently the hours are from 9 to 1 – to expand those hours just two or three hours so that folks have more time on Saturday in order to vote,” said Chairperson Matt Hughes of the Orange County Democratic Party.

Hughes said that while work obligations may prevent him from attending, he hopes that a fellow member of the Orange Democrats will be there at the Board of Elections to deliver a petition to expand voting hours.

Hughes said that the three-member Orange County Board of Elections, made up of two Republicans and one Democrat, is also being asked to add Sunday to the early-voting period.

“There are a lot of families where folks work six days a week,” said Hughes. “Sunday’s the only day they have off as a family to go vote.

He said there are also religious accommodations to consider.

“Particularly those of the Jewish faith, who work Monday through Friday, and then Saturday is their Sabbath,” said Hughes. “And they would like to continue to respect the Sabbath, but also exercise the right to vote.”

The early voting period for the upcoming election begins October 23 and ends November 1.

The Orange County Board of Elections is located at 208 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough. The meeting begins at 11 a.m.

You can add your name to the early-voting petition here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/election/oc-board-elections-meets-tuesday-consider-early-voting-hours/

Orange County Early Voting Meeting; Compass Center Volunteers

Now that the primaries are done, it’s time to start planning for the general election in November – and that means figuring out where to locate early voting sites.

The Orange County Board of Elections is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, July 22, to hear from the public on the hours and locations for the 2014 general election. Head to the meet and let officials know where you want to see early-voting sites – and when you want them open.

The meeting will take place at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Board of Elections office at 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough.


If you’re looking to do good in your community, consider volunteering for the Compass Center for Women and Families.

The Compass Center is accepting applications now for people interested in working their 24-hour domestic violence hotline, being First Responders for individuals who walk into the center’s office, or being Community Educators and representing the Compass Center at events and presentations around town.

For more information, you can email resources@compassctr.org – or visit them online at CompassCTR.org for more details.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/orange-county-early-voting-meeting-compass-center-volunteers/

Early Voting For Sheriff Sees Small Hike

Early voting numbers saw a small spike Wednesday as 161 people cast their votes to decide the new Orange County sheriff.

The Board of Elections Headquarters remains the only location that will be accepting votes throughout this early voting process due to the notably low turnout for runoffs.

Charles Blackwood and David Caldwell were separated by about 60 votes in the May primary, and neither eclipsed the 40 percent mark.

The polls are open every day this week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. as well as Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

All 44 precincts open July 15, Election Day, from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The Orange County Board of Elections can be found at 208 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough near Orange County Financial Services.

http://chapelboro.com/news/election/early-voting-orange-county-sheriff-sees-small-climb/

141 Vote Early For Sheriff Tuesday

Early voting numbers continued their downward trend on day three with 141 people casting their ballots for Orange County Sheriff.

Charles Blackwood and David Caldwell are in a runoff for the position after the two were separated by just more than 60 votes in the May 6 Primary. Since neither received more than 40 percent of the vote, the second-place finisher—Caldwell—was able to call for the runoff.

Only the Board of Elections Headquarters is taking votes in the early voting process because of the historically low turnout for runoffs. All 44 precincts will be open on Election Day, July 15.

The polls open each day this week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Election Day is July 15, and all the polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Orange County Board of Elections is located at 208 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough next to Orange County Financial Services.

http://chapelboro.com/news/election/141-vote-early-sheriff-tuesday/

Day One: Nearly 300 Vote Early For Sheriff

Nearly 300 people cast their vote on the first day of early voting, showing the one-race election carries as much importance as you might expect.

Charles Blackwood and David Caldwell are in a runoff for Orange County Sheriff. Because no Republicans filed before the May 6 Primary, one of those men will take the place of Lindy Pendergrass, who has served in that role for 32 years.

Only the Board of Elections Headquarters is taking votes in the early voting process because of the historically low turnout for runoffs. All 44 precincts will be open on Election Day, July 15.

Comparing day one of this early voting period to day one of the Primary in May, 180 fewer voters cast their ballot on Thursday. The polls were closed Friday due to the July 4 holiday.

The polls open again Monday at 9:00 a.m.; they’ll be opened each day this week until 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Election Day is July 15, and all the polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

http://chapelboro.com/news/election/day-one-nearly-300-vote-early-sheriff/

Early Voting Update

More than 1,000 people cast their ballots early on Monday and Tuesday, and the numbers continue to rise.

The Orange County Board of Elections headquarters continues to be the most popular location as more than 215 votes were cast there each day. On Monday, 587 total votes were cast in Orange County while Tuesday saw 591 voters make their picks.

The North Carolina Hillel Center has been a point of focus as it is the closest location to students. The numbers have only eclipsed 50 votes one day, but it’s not the worst location this early-voting season. Master’s Garden has not seen more than 23 votes cast in any single day and has not yet eclipsed the century mark.

Early voting continues through Saturday. For location information, click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/election/early-voting-update/

Early Voting Check-In

Nearly 700 people cast early ballots Friday and Saturday continuing to show that the popularity of this primary election is high.

After 472 people opened the polls on Thursday, 371 people turned out Friday and another 321 turned out Saturday to make their picks.

Many primary elections this year in Orange County will decide the general election due to the fact that few republicans are on the ticket in the Democrat-heavy county. For example, six democrats are running for Orange County Sheriff.

The Board of Elections headquarters in Hillsborough took over as the most popular location with 231 votes during the two-day span.

Monday not only starts the first full week of early voting, but Saturday is the final day to cast your ballot early since recent legislation cut the early voting length down to nine days.

http://chapelboro.com/news/election/early-voting-check/