Voter-Owned Election Public Information Session


Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

I received the following email from the town.  It seems to be the same date (and according to the town's calendar, same location?) as the Council's Budget Worksession.  Choices, choices...

Voter-Owned Election Public Information Session May 10
Posted Date: 5/4/2011

VoteThe Town of Chapel Hill's Voter Owned Election Program will be discussed at a public information session scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The program for the public funding of local municipal election campaigns is voluntary and is for candidates choosing to run for Town elective office. Prospective candidates who choose to participate in the program must demonstrate a level of public support and comply with spending restrictions and reporting requirements as established by the Town program in order to receive public funding.

The information session will be of special interest to persons considering becoming candidates and potential candidates' campaign managers and to treasurers in the municipal election for the Town of Chapel Hill on Nov. 8, 2011, and others interested in local election issues. Voters this November will be electing a mayor and four Council members.

On July 16, 2007, the Town of Chapel Hill received authorization from the North Carolina General Assembly to establish the program for public funding of local municipal election campaigns. Chapel Hill is the first local government in North Carolina to have received this legislative authority.

A Voter Owned Election is a comprehensive system that provides candidates a voluntary option for a new way to run for office. Candidates who are registered with the program agree to:

  • Collect a large number of $5 to $20 qualifying contributions to demonstrate community support 
  • Limit campaign spending 
  • Agree to comply with strict administrative rules

In return, participating candidates receive limited amounts of campaign dollars from a publicly financed fund to be used only for allowed campaign expenses.

For more information, visit

CONTACT: Kim Strach or Amy Strange, NC Board of Elections: 919-733-7173


Council members had just gotten a "tentative agenda" calendar showing the budget session at the Library downstairs meeting room. So I asked for a clarification when saw today's email. The budget session will indeed be at the Library. And the VOE session clearly will be in Council chambers. Of course, if participants at the VOE session would like to see why or why not they'd like to be on Council, they can always drop by the budget session, which will go on a while.  Ed Harrison

Thanks for the clarification. I see the town also updated their calendar.Maybe they should have put the VOE meeting directly after the budget session!

 I. Opening and Introductions:Ralph Karpinos, Town AttorneyII.Explanation of Town’s Voter Owned Election Program:Kim Strach, Deputy Director, North Carolina Board of ElectionsIII.Perspectives:Bob Hall, Executive Director, Democracy North CarolinaIV.Sources of Information:a. Town Website: State Board of Elections: on Chapel Hill program)V. Upcoming Information Session (To be scheduled)VI. Questions and Comments

Any early previews of the parties who were there expressing interest in VOE this year in CH?(I heard on Saturday that a rumor I'd been happily spreading may not be true. So maybe I'm not the right one to digest the results of this meeting)


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