We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. There are two extremely important things to remember when you cast your ballot, whether it’s during early voting or on Election Day:
1. Voting a straight-party ticket will not include the presidential race or the nonpartisan contests. You must mark your choices in those races separately.
2. The ballot is two-sided, so be sure to mark your choices on both sides.
One-stop early voting—during which you can also still register to vote, if needed—continues through 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Hours and locations for early voting, as well as sample ballots, are available through your local board of elections (in Buncombe County, call 250-4200, or go to www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/election).
In order to vote on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 4), however, you must have been registered by Oct. 10. Check with your local board of elections to find out where you should vote on Nov. 4. You may check your voter status at either your local board’s Web site or the State Board of Elections (866-522-4723 or www.sboe.state.nc.us).
And just in case you have (or notice) problems when you vote or questions about voting law, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Democracy North Carolina is providing a toll-free hot line for voters: (888) OUR-VOTE.
Wednesday, Oct. 29: To vote or not to vote? That is the discussion question at Warren Wilson College at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge (in the cafeteria building).
Saturday, Nov. 1: Meet-and-greet breakfast for Democratic candidates for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Asheville High School cafeteria; 274-4482.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Last day to vote early! One-stop early voting ends at 1 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 3: Voted absentee ballots must be received by the Board of Elections by 5 p.m. The voted ballot must be returned by mail or hand-delivered by the voter or the voter’s near relative (contact the BOE if you need clarification of the definition of “near relative”).
Tuesday, Nov. 4: Election Day! Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 4: Republican Party Election Victory Celebration at Magnolia’s Raw Bar and Grille (26 Walnut St. in Asheville), beginning at 7:30 p.m. Watch the election results after the polls close.
For questions about voting, call your county board of elections (in Buncombe County, 250-4200). This will be our final Campaign Calendar before Nov. 4—see you during the 2009 primary season!