In January 2012, the Wake Board of Election UNANIMOUSLY approved requesting enough funds from the Wake County Commissioners to have 25 to 30 One-Stop Early Voting sites for the 2012 General election. The County Commissioners only approved roughly HALF the money. The BOE staff worked up a plan for roughly half the total number of hours for early voting we had in 2008, and 1/3 the sites originally asked for.
Saw this on Facebook today - http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/MediaRoom/PR/Pages/BoardofElections.aspx
Mecklenburg is getting 22 locations and 2741 hours of voting.
Mecklenburg County has only slightly more voters than we have in Wake, but we turned out nearly 30K more voters in 2008 than they did. Yet somehow our County Commissioners feels we only deserve HALF the sites and hours for Early Voting than Mecklenburg is getting this year.
Can someone explain that? If that's not a Republican attempt at Voter Suppression, I don't know what else it can be!
If you live in Wake County, you need to be at the State Board of Elections on September 4, 2012 at 10AM. They will meet in the Board Room at 441 North Harrington Street to consider appeals to non-unanimous One-Stop Absentee voting plans. Wake County has roughly the same number of voters as they have in Mecklenburg County, yet Mecklenburg has 22 sites open 2741 hours vs. the 15 sites and nearly half the hours in Wake County - due to Wake County Commissioners budgetary allocations.
We need to turn out to support BOE member Kristi Talley and her appeal for more locations and hours. We turned out 30K more voters than Mecklenburg County in 2008 - we can do the same as long as we aren't being handicapped by the Republican members of the Wake County Commissioners!