Campaign Calendar

One-stop absentee voting period ends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. To vote early, you need to appear in person at the Board of Elections (189 College St. in Asheville), complete an absentee application and then cast your ballot. During the one-stop period, voters who need to register may do so at the time they vote.

Voter information available on local television: The Asheville City Council candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Leadership Asheville forum on Asheville’s partisan/nonpartisan referendum are being shown on URTV, the local public-access channel 20, at various times Nov. 3 to 5. Visit www.urtv.org for the schedule.

Wednesday, Oct. 31: The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its 2007 Candidates Forum with the Asheville City Council candidates, sponsored by Manpower. The event, which takes place at 4 p.m. at the Chamber, is free for members; there is a $10 fee for nonmembers. For information, call 258-6122.

Thursday, Nov. 1: Politics West Asheville Style, hosted by the Westville Pub to promote increased voter turnout in West Asheville. All candidates for City Council are invited to meet with the voters, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (with rumors of special appearances and the addition of the Brother Fatback band at 9:30).

Thursday, Nov. 1: “Up Late with the Candidates” takes place at Mela Indian restaurant in downtown Asheville, sponsored by Asheville Democracy for America. The 9:30 to 11 p.m. event is hosting Jim Dean, head of the national DFA organization (and Howard Dean’s brother), and will spotlight DFA-Asheville’s endorsed candidates for City Council: Bryan Freeborn, Brownie Newman and Elaine Lite. To RSVP, visit www.dfalink.com/asheville.

Saturday, Nov. 3: One-stop voting ends at 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3: Bicyclists Advocate Freeborn and Newman—a gathering from 4 to 6 p.m. at the downtown Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Coxe Avenue. Meet the candidates and see the city’s Comprehensive Bicycle Plan on display.

Monday, Nov. 5: Absentee ballots must be received by your board of elections (via mail, commercial courier service or in person) by 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6: General election for municipalities throughout Buncombe County, and partisan/nonpartisan election referendum for the city of Asheville.

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