From my Seat on Jones Street

 

As the 2014 general election draws near, I thought it would be more than appropriate to provide clarification on some of the recent changes that will have an effect on residents of Chatham and Orange Counties. In addition, I will provide information regarding early voting and Election Day.

 

2014 ELECTION CHANGES

Thousands of North Carolina voters will exercise their civic responsibility by going to the polls on November 4, 2014. As the past two legislative sessions have indicated, the direction of North Carolina is largely determined by the representatives North Carolina voters choose to represent us. In the past, due to the importance of this responsibility, North Carolina has made an effort to consider the lives of every citizen and subsequently accommodate their busy schedules. Voters have become accustomed to some of the opportunities those efforts brought about, such as, absentee voting, same day registration, and one- stop voting, to name a few.

In light of the changes made to voting in North Carolina, and the accompanying media coverage, it is important to distinguish between those changes that will take effect this year and those that will take effect in later elections. Those changes that will take effect this year are:

 No Straight-Ticket Voting

 Photo ID is not required.

 No same day registration: register to vote or change your registration or change

your registration by October 10.

 If you wait to vote on November 4, you must vote at your home precinct’s

polling place.

 Significant changes have been made to the absentee voting process. For

information regarding all the changes please follow the following link: http://www.chathamnc.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=23143 

EARLY VOTING

Early voting begins on October 23 and ends on November 1. Though there have been changes to early voting, the total cumulative hours for early voting offered during the 2010 general election are equal to the number of hours offered for this year’s general election.

EARLY VOTING SITES

Orange County Sites:

 Orange County Board of Elections

 208 S. Cameron St, Hillsborough

 Master’s Garden Preschool, 7500 Schley Rd, Hillsborough

 Seymour Senior Center,2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

 North Carolina Hillel, 210 W. Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill

 Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main Street, Carrboro

 

Chatham County Sites:

 Board of Elections Office, 984 –E1 Thompson Street, Pittsboro

 Earl B. Fitts Community Center, 111 S. Third Ave (beside Braxton

Manor), Siler City

 Cole park plaza - Suite 232, 11470 Highway 15-501 north (behind

Subway building) Chapel Hill,

 40 A – Coral Ave (street across from Dollar General), Goldston

 

ELECTION DAY

Election Day is November 4, 2014. The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Election Day you must vote AT YOUR PRECINCT ONLY. You must register to vote by October 10, there will be no same day registration. Lastly, you will not need a government issued ID to vote in this election. I trust this information will be of use to all of you as you prepare for Election Day 2014. Please contact your local Board of Elections or visit their website if you have any further questions.

 

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