Campus and community leaders will gather at North Carolina Hillel this Thursday, April 24th, at 3:30pm, to celebrate the first day of early voting in this year's May primary election. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt, NC Hillel Executive Director Ari Gauss, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, and UNC Student Body President Andrew Powell will make brief remarks before casting their ballots.
Campus and community leaders will gather at NC Hillel this Thursday, April 24th, at 3:30pm, to celebrate the first day of early voting in this year's May primary election. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt, NC Hillel Executive Director Ari Gauss, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, and UNC Student Body President Andrew Powell will make brief remarks before casting their ballots.
North Carolina Hillel was selected as a new early voting site by the Orange County Board of Elections for this year's May primary following concerns about the accessibility and availability of previously used early voting sites on and near the UNC campus. We hope you can join us on Thursday!
Though many of Orange County's public bodies will be taking a break from regular meetings this week, there's still plenty going on. The Carrboro Alderfolks will reivew its priorities of projects to receive transit tax funds and get an update on the work to extend to sewer service to the Rogers Road community. Chapel Hill will take on the budget, the reorganization of the town's advisory boards and the porposed zoning changes for the Ephesus-Fordham project. The council will also hold a hearing on a stormwater management plan.
Thursday, WCHL will hold its annual community forum, while the polls opens for the first day of early voting.
We'll also be holding our last two online candidate forums--one on Wednesday evening for the 6 candidates running for sheriff, and another on Sunday for the 5 Democratic candidates in this year's primary for the Board of County Commissioners.
Here's the summary:
Hogan Farms Precinct and the Orange County Democratic Party proudly presents:
State of Conflict: North Carolina, a documentary produced by Bill Moyers
at the Varsity Theatre (123 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill)
Sunday, April 27th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Following the movie, there will be a 30-minute discussion led by Thomas Mills, local political consultant and editor of the PoliticsNC blog.
In lieu of admissions, a suggested donation of $5 will support the Orange County Democratic Party and its efforts to turn North Carolina blue.
This election year, Orange County voters will select a register of deeds from 3 candidates: Deborah Brooks, the current register of deeds; Mark Chilton, former mayor of Carrboro; and Sara Stephens, former deputy register of deeds. The register of deeds is the custodian of many of the county’s public records, including those relating to births, deaths, military discharges, marriage, and property transfers.
In lieu of holding a candidate forum for the register of deeds race, we sent the candidates 7 questions and asked them to respond to each question in 200 words or less. The answers we received from them appear below. They have not been edited in any way.
Over the two years, Chapel Hill has gone through an extensive process to restructure our advisory boards and commissions. The main focus of this work has been to simplify the development review process, and has led to the creation of four major boards that will review development proposals (Planning Commission, Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board, Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board, and Housing Advisory Board). The town will be making appointments to these four boards this spring, and we need community members to step up and serve to help move our community forward. The town also has a number of vacancies on existing boards that may be filled this spring.
Though it's a short week at many government offices across Orange County, the county's public bodies are staying busy. Both the Chapel Hill Town County and the county school board will consider their budgets for the next fiscal year, while the Carrboro Board of Alderpersons will tackle parking. The Hillsborough Town Board will consider two specific projects, while the County Commission will consider its 2014 legislative agenda and discuss rural curbside recycling again.
Here's the summary:
CARRBORO BOARD OF ALDERPERSONS
Budgets and facilities planning will top the agendas of many of Orange County's public bodies this week. The Chapel Hill Town Council will receive an update from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools on facilities planning, while both the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education and the County Commission will work on priorities for upcoming budget years. The County Commission will also hear an update on the County Manager's proposed capital investment plan.
Some of the other events around the county will include a Rosemary Imagined Review Committee meeting, a Justice United forum on the influence of ALEC and an input session on the Southern Branch Library siting.
This piece originally ran in the Daily Tar Heel as a guest editorial on April 1st.
I believe everyone should vote, and I believe voting should be easy and convenient. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the recent direction that we are going in North Carolina. Last year, the N.C. General Assembly severely restricted the ability of residents to vote. It cut the number of days of early voting, limited the ability of out-of-state students to cast ballots and did away with one-stop registration during early voting.