Another Asheville resident has had a frustrating experience trying to obtain a photo ID for voting. After a time-consuming trip to the DMV, and wrangling with poll workers at the Buncombe County Board of Elections office, 68-year-old Juliet Burke succeeded in casting an early vote in the primary, but she still lacks a photo ID.
Four candidates are battling for two seats on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. In each case, these contenders hold vastly different views on a range of issues, from taxes and spending to growing the economy and protecting the environment. Also at stake is which party holds a voting majority on the board. Here’s a closer look at those races.
Filing begins today, July 5, to run for Asheville City Council and other local positions this year.
Republican Chrisina Kelley G. Merrill says she’ll continue fighting for a seat on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, despite the Jan. 15 swearing-in of her opponent, Democrat Ellen Frost.
The Buncombe County Board of Elections voted 2-1 to deny Republican Christina Kelley G. Merrill’s protest over ballots cast by Warren Wilson College residents and her request that they be stricken from the certified election results. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
With only a few days remaining before Election Day, Buncombe County Board of Elections has failed to determine the proper ballot for 1,000 registered voters residing on the campus of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, including students, faculty and staff. UPDATE: This post was updated Nov. 3 with additional information: Some students are being told by election officials that they must vote again for their ballots to count and outside groups are considering legal options.
Early voting began yesterday with its highest turnout yet, as 6,512 people showed up to cast their ballots at 18 locations around Buncombe County. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
Here’s a copy of Mike Fryar’s letter of complaint to the Board of Elections in regards to the manner in which the Nov. 8, 2011 sales-tax referendum was conducted in Buncombe County. Also, a scanned copy of the check used to pay the costs of holding the referendum as promised by the J.O.B.S. committee that waged the campaign in support of it.