Early voting starts today

One-stop voting for the Asheville primary election started today, and voters can register and vote at the same time.

Those interested in getting a head start on the primary for Asheville’s mayoral and City Council races (no other Buncombe municipalities hold primaries) can head to the Buncombe County Election Services building at 189 College St. downtown. Ballots are available for all registered Asheville residents, and those who still need to register can do so before casting a vote.

B.C. Election Services is the only location for early voting in the primary. Four new early voting stops will be in place for the general election as a result of a recent Asheville City Council vote.

Early voting is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday until Oct. 3, with the polls open that day until 1 p.m. For more information, call 250-4200 or click here.

Haven’t picked you candidates yet? Check out the Xpress Primary Voter Guide online and in print Sept. 23.

— Brian Postelle, staff writer

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15 thoughts on “Early voting starts today

  1. Write-in candidate Robin Cape will not be on the ballot until the General Election in November.

    To vote for Robin Cape at that time, you’ll have to write her name on the blank space on the ballot reserved for that purpose.

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  2. Jake

    Or, Tim, one could vote for three candidates whose names are already conveniently printed on the ballot because they played by the rules, filed to run in July, and ran in the primary. I think that’s what I’ll probably do.

  3. Jake

    Hmmm… Not before looking for special treatment and being miffed when her petition to be a write-in for the primary was rebuffed. And why was it so? Because the filing dealine was, as every interested party well knew, on July 17. Now she shows up at various forums as if she’s a candidate in the primary, when she’s not. I don’t know, you may be right, I guess that may be playing by the rules.

  4. Karen

    Jake: The Board of Elections decides “the rules”, and they have decided that Robin Cape is eligible to be a write-in candidate in the general election. They are also the ones who said she could NOT be a write-in in the primary. So, since they make the rules, I guess Robin is playing by them.

    Also, do you honestly think that running as a write-in is some kind of trick to get re-elected more easily? Getting re-elected (or elected) as a write-in is the HARDEST way to do it!

  5. Following the directives of the Board of Elections and campaigning for votes during the election period do not seem to me to be any sort of gross violation.

    If Robin Cape is not playing by the rules then she should be disqualified. Otherwise, run, Robin, run.

  6. John B

    Did anyone else know that the Board of Elections can track who you vote for if you vote absentee (i.e. Early Voting)? There’s a code on your signature sheet that the poll worker records directly on your ballot. According to the poll workers, it’s always been this way. Weird, huh?

  7. shadmarsh

    Just FYI, if you vote wearing wearing your tinfoil hat it blocks their ability to track your vote.

  8. Jack Q

    I am glad Robin will be in the race come general election time. She’s help split the “progressive” vote. Run Robin run!

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