Jusr received this message from the director of the Orange County Board of Elections, regarding early voting sites in Chapel Hill --
From: Tracy Reams [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 3:54PM
To: Town Council
Cc: Ralph Karpinos
Subject: Town of Chapel Hill Election
Good afternoon. Please find attached information pertaining to the Town of Chapel Hill 2011 Municipal Election. The Orange County Board of Elections will be meeting sometime in August to discuss one-stop voting sites for the 2011 Elections. Since this is a Municipal Election, the towns have the authority to request the Orange County Board of Elections to establish one-stop early voting sites of their choice within the municipality at the expense of the municipality. Traditionally the early voting site for the Town of Chapel Hill has been the Morehead Planetarium. Due to budget constraints I wanted to provide another option that you may wish to consider.
The Seymour Senior Center was established as an early voting site for the Primary and GeneralElections. In 2010 voters voting at the Seymour Senior Center location cast the highest number of ballots than all of the other locations. The difference in the sites is primarily the cost to obtain voter parking. At the Morehead Planetarium we are charged for voter and precinct official parking. Our cost to obtain the parking spaces for the 2010 General Election was approx $1,200. There are no parking costs associated with the Seymour Senior Center. I just wanted you to be aware of the additional cost for parking at the Morehead Planetarium.
I have already sent an email request to the Morehead Planetarium guests relations manager to inquire the availability of the Morehead Planetarium should you wish to continue to provide early voting at this site. Of course, the Town of Chapel Hill has the authority to request any site and/or facility approved by the State Board of Elections of their choice and we will do our best to comply with your wishes.
Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone. A hard copy of the attachments will be sent to the town by mail for signature. Thank you.
Tracy Reams, Director
Orange County Board of Elections