North Carolina has just become the first state in the South—and one of only nine in the nation—to allow same-day voter registration. The new law will be in effect during the early voting periods for the primary and general elections this fall. At the early voting sites, voters with acceptable identification may fill out a voter-registration form and then cast their ballot—on the same day. The option is not, however, available on the actual primary voting day (Oct. 9) and general election day (Nov. 6).
• Sept. 1 and 8: Volunteer canvassers for Asheville City Council candidate Elaine Lite will gather at the West End Bakery on Haywood Road for a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. day of canvassing. For information, call 337-8789.
• Sept. 5: Voters can request an absentee ballot from the Board of Elections beginning Sept. 5; all requests must be made no later than one week prior to the given election. Call the BOE at 250-4200 for more information.
• Sept. 8: A house party to support re-election of Asheville City Council member Brownie Newman will be held at the home of Harry Weiss and Roberta Cole at 17 Chiles St. in the Kenilworth neighborhood. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to email@example.com or 243-0107.
• Sept. 15: Citizens to Re-elect Councilman Brownie Newman are participating in the Asheville Energy Independence Day rally at Weaver Park from 10 to 11 a.m., then from 5 to 7 p.m. will meet at the West End Bakery on Haywood Road to distribute some 2,000 CFL, energy-efficient light bulbs to community residents. Call 243-0107 for information.
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