Today kicks off early in-person voting in North Carolina. You. Must. Vote.
(Here’s the list of sites in Orange County, NC.)
We are happy to share how we plan to vote in this election and walk you through our train of thought. We hope it is useful in filling out your ballot.
(If you want to see your sample ballot, use this form on the NC State BOE website. If you aren’t registered to vote, you can same-day register during early voting!)
We also want to note that you won’t see any town council candidates or school board candidates on the election ballot. Both Carrboro and Chapel Hill run elections in odd years, which means they don’t benefit from the bigger turnout during even years.
More people vote in even-year elections. By selecting council members on odd years, Chapel Hill and Carrboro effectively disenfranchise their constituents. They should hold elections in even years, when more people vote.
As voting guru and former Chapel Hill Town Council member Gerry Cohen has pointed out, a number of municipalities in NC have switched to even-year elections in the past decade: Winston-Salem, Asheville, Raleigh (new!), Lincolnton, and all of the towns in Stanly and Surry Counties.
When Winston-Salem moved to even year elections, votes cast for Mayor quadrupled, according to Gerry Cohen. Similar increases took place in Raleigh for a school board race. (We don’t know the effect on Raleigh’s mayoral race, as this is the first year its taking place in an even year.)
Here’s what our ballots will look like in Orange County. We’re voting straight ticket Democrat, which is needed to protect our rights and our democracy. Happy voting!
Senate: Cheri Beasley
US House of Representatives District 4: Valerie P. Foushee
NC Supreme Court Associate Justice – Seat 3: Lucy Inman
NC Supreme Court Associate Justice – Seat 4: Sam J. Ervin IV
North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Seat 8: Carolyn Jennings Thompson
North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Seat 9: Brad A. Salmon
North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Seat 10: Gale Murray Adams
North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Seat 11: Darren Jackson
NC State Senate District 23: Graig Meyer
NC House of Representatives District 56: Allen Buansi
NC Superior Court Judge District 15B – Seat 1: Alyson Grine
NC Superior Court Judge District 15B – Seat 2: Allen Baddour
NC District Court Judge District 15B – Seat 1: C. Todd Roper
District Attorney District 18: Jeff Nieman
Board of Commissioners At-Large: Sally Greene
Board of Commissioners District 1: Jamezetta Bedford. (Note: NEXT Chapel Hill Carrboro Action Fund declined to endorse Bedford, citing her no vote on the 203 Project, which will include the Carrboro branch of the Orange County Public Library. While Bedford will be re-elected regardless, skipping this vote allows you to register your disapproval. Full disclosure: TPP contributors Martin Johnson and John Rees are on the board of NEXT).
Board of Commissioners District 2: Earl McKee
Board of Commissioners District 1: Anna Richards
Clerk of Superior Court: Mark Kleinschmidt
Kleinschmidt notes that Clerk of Superior Court is also a state office and that he’s going to get that clarified on future ballots. Thanks Mark!
Register of Deeds: Mark H. Chilton
Sheriff: Charles Blackwood
The Indy’s endorsement guide is here.