Election Day is Nov. 4, but some of the people have already spoken. With the advent and increasing popularity of early voting—which began Oct. 16 this year in North Carolina and runs through Saturday, Nov. 1—a growing number of Xpress readers have asked that we publish our Voter Guide earlier, to accommodate those folks who are itching to cast a ballot.
That’s a reasonable and smart request. Here in Buncombe County, election officials are estimating that as many as 60 percent of voters will hit the polls early, opting for convenient scheduling and potentially shorter lines. Of course, voting early offers no guarantee that you won’t have to wait a bit: Some local polling stations have reported sizable crowds in recent days.
But whenever you choose to vote, the more you know about the candidates, the better. Here’s what you’ll find in our 2008 Voter Guide:
1) Frequently asked questions—and solid answers—about how to cast a vote
2) The rundown on the nonpartisan races on local ballots
3) Candidate surveys covering key issues in these races:
• U.S. Congress, 11th District
• Buncombe County Board of Commissioners
• N.C. House and Senate
We’ve done our part; the rest is up to you. So check out the Voter Guide online at http://www.mountainx.com/voterguide/2008/