Getting ready to vote: The first round of 2007 voting occurs Oct. 9, when primary candidates will be winnowed down for the general election on Nov. 6. In preparation for voting, remember that if you have moved since you last voted, it’s time to update your voter registration. If the move was within the same county, just notify the Board of Elections of your new address. If you move out of the county or state (or if you have moved into your current residence from another county or state), you are required to re-register in your new county (the same form gives you the opportunity to cancel your former registration). Registration must take place at least 25 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote. (Note that, in North Carolina, former felons who wish to vote must register—again or for the first time—in the county where they currently reside.)
• Aug. 16—Elect Elaine party: Elaine Lite, candidate for Asheville City Council, is holding a kickoff party at Scully’s, 13 Walnut St. in downtown Asheville, on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Families are welcome. For information, contact 450-2061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Aug. 18—precinct training: The Buncombe County Democratic Party (www.buncombedems.org) will hold precinct-officer training on Saturday, Aug. 18, immediately following their 8:30 a.m. executive-committee meeting. The training will offer the latest information on organizing a precinct. Call 274-4482 for further information.
• Aug. 18—voter vault training: The Buncombe County Republicans are hosting Voter Vault Training in the Haynes Building of A-B Tech’s Enka campus. There will be a 10 a.m. and a 2 p.m. session (same material). RSVP to Jillian DeCamp, Director of Member Relations, N.C. Republican Party, 919-828-6423 or email@example.com.
• Aug. 20—Ashevile filing deadline: Candidates (Democrat, Republican or unaffiliated) for Asheville City Council must file for office with the Board of Elections by noon on Monday, Aug. 20, under the new filing period established because of the referendum on partisan/nonpartisan voting. Candidates who previously filed must complete new paperwork; new candidates must pay a $75 filing fee and complete the filing packet. For more information, contact the Buncombe County Board of Elections, 250-4200.
Candidates are invited to send notices of campaign events to firstname.lastname@example.org, for inclusion in this column. Notices are due the Thursday before their publication on the following Wednesday.