Next Tuesday the Orange County Board of Elections will receive a proposal from Barry Garner, the Orange County Board of Elections Director, recommending the removal of the one-stop voting site from UNC Chapel Hill.
Mr. Garner argues that the "cost" and "extremely low" turnout justify the removal of the voting site. You may ask, then, what is Mr. Garner's proposal? Mr. Garner would like to move the voting site to the Seymour Senior Center, off of Homestead Road. This is a significant and inconvenient distance from campus.
In the upcoming election, City Council Members and the office of the Mayor will be up for election. This positions have a HUGE impact on the UNC community.
Leading from the Left Blogger, Mike Nelson, is then, 100% correct when he says, "It’s not just about students though. Since UNC is by far the county’s largest employer, it only makes sense to have a one stop voting site where it is easily accessible for faculty and staff." There are over 30,000 students, staff, and faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, and they would all face significant impediments to voting.
Mr. Nelson is spot on when he urges his readers to write the Orange County Board of Elections, supporting one-stop voting on the UNC-Chapel Hill Campus.
More details to come...