1430 different ballots in NC’s 100 counties this November

September 27, 2012

The State Board of Elections has links to all 1430 different sample ballots (also called “ballot styles”) in North Carolina’s 100 counties this fall at http://www.ncsbe.gov/downloads/SampleBallots/2012-11-06/

How do we get 1430 different ballots? : a combination of factors – (i) divided precincts in redistricting, (ii) city and county bond issues and referenda  (iii) three cities and two sanitary districts electing officers, and (iv) county commissioner districts where only the residents of that district vote.

While 22 counties have just one ballot style (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Bertie, Caldwell, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Davie, Hertford, Jones, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Northampton, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, Tyrrell, Watauga and Yadkin), there are two with over 100 (Guilford -121 and Wake -102). Even some smaller counties have a lot — Granville (44), Nash (54), Rockingham (40), Rowan (46), Vance (46) and Wayne (43)

Wake and Guilford’s totals were increased greatly because of local elections and bond referenda (see my post at http://ncbilldrafting.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/11-counties-9-towns-to-have-referenda-nov-6/ ) and because of divided precincts in redistricting.

 

oh — if you are an NC registered voter and want to see YOUR sample ballot go to

https://www.ncsbe.gov/VoterLookup.aspx

look up your registration and there will be a link to your sample ballot


11 counties, 9 towns to have referenda Nov 6

September 27, 2012

Besides all the stuff everyone knows about being voted on in every county this November, from President down to soil conservation district supervisor, 11 counties and nine municipalities are having referenda, and Archdale, High Point, and Mt Gilead are electing mayors and/or council members. There are also some sanitary districts electing board members.

Here’s the list of the referenda, provided to me by the State Board of Elections:

Alamance ALAMANCE COUNTY SALES TAX
Alamance ALAMANCE COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOND
Buncombe ASHEVILLE WATER SYSTEM SALE/LEASE
Chatham CARY TRANSPORTATION BONDS
Chatham CARY PARKS AND REC FACILITIES BONDS
Chatham CARY FIRE STATION BONDS
Clay CLAY CO STRUCTURE OF BD OF COMMISSIONERS
Edgecombe EDGECOMBE COUNTY SALES TAX
Greene GREENE COUNTY COMMISSIONER BD DISTRICTS
Greene GREENE COUNTY SALES TAX
Harnett HARNETT COUNTY SALES TAX
Lenoir LENOIR COUNTY SALES TAX
Mecklenburg HUNTERSVILLE STREET BONDS
Mecklenburg HUNTERSVILLE PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT BONDS
Mecklenburg HUNTERSVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION BONDS
New Hanover WILMINGTON BASEBALL STADIUM BONDS
New Hanover WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH ORDINANCE
Orange ORANGE COUNTY TRANSIT SALES TAX
Pasquotank PASQUOTANK COUNTY SALES TAX
Scotland SCOTLAND COUNTY SALES TAX
Swain SWAIN COUNTY SALES TAX
Swain SWAIN COUNTY ALTER STRUCTURE OF BD OF COM
Union INDIAN TRAIL PARKS AND REC BONDS
Wake WAKE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BONDS
Wake CARY TRANSPORTATION BONDS
Wake CARY PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES BONDS
Wake CARY FIRE STATION BONDS
Wake KNIGHTDALE PARK AND REC BONDS
Wake MORRISVILLE PARKS AND REC BONDS
Wake MORRISVILLE STREET IMPROVEMENT BONDS

Additionally, there are contests for Handy Sanitary District (both Davidson and Montgomery) and Whittier Sanitary District (Jackson and Swain).

If you would like to see the verbiage of any or all of these, sample ballots are posted here:http://www.ncsbe.gov/downloads/SampleBallots/2012-11-06/


Email ballots for military and overseas voters wildly popular

September 12, 2012

As I blogged a few weeks ago,  the 2009 and 2011 regular sessions of the North Carolina General Assembly made major changes in absentee voting for military and overseas voters, including allowing ballots to be sent and received by those voters by email and fax. Long delays in snail mail to military voters and those in other countries had made it hard for those voters to get their ballots back in time to be counted.  Now, with absentee voting having started Friday September 7, we already have some data, based on requests received through Tuesday September 11, and those voting groups are making heavy used of these methods. Over 86% of overseas voters and over 51% of military voters so far have requested that their ballots be sent back and forth as an email attachment.  This should greatly improve the voting success rate for the military and American citizens abroad.  Here are the stats as of 9/11:

Military

Email 1553 51.5%

Fax          10  0.3%

Snail   1448 49.2%

TOTAL 3011

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Overseas

Email 2111 86.3%

Fax.        5.    0.2%

Snail.    330  13.5%

TOTAL 2446


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