Election Day, November 2, 2010

Next Tuesday, November 2, is Election Day.  Local, state, and national government offices will be on the ballot.  Some of   the many positions to be voted on in Guilford County are: 1) The United States Senate seat for North Carolina  currently held by Senator Richard Burr, who is running for re-election; 2) Seats for United States House Districts, 6, 12, and 13; 3) Seats for North Carolina State Senate Districts 26, 27, 28, and 33; 4) Seats for North Carolina State House Districts 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, and 62; and 5) Seats for Guilford County Commissioner Districts 1, 2, 3, 6, and 9.  Polls around the county will open at 6:30 a. m. and close at 7:30 p. m. 

If you are not already registered to vote, you will not be able to vote on November 2.

If you would like to see a sample ballot before you go to your polling place, you can do so online at the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.  Once there, click on My Election Information.  Then, put in your first name, last name, date of birth, and county.  Your voter information will come up.  Included will be precinct number, polling place, and a link to your sample ballot.

Across the country, local, state, and nationwide campaigns are moving toward their conclusions next Tuesday.  Be sure to go out and vote so that your voice will be heard!

Early Voting for the November 2 Election

Early voting for the November 2 election begins October 14 and ends October 30.  Locations, days, and times can be found on the Guilford County Board of Elections website.  If you vote early, you can  register to vote and vote at the same time.  To register to vote, you will need to provide proof of Guilford County residence from a list of approved forms of identification found on that same website.  Just click on Registering to Vote During Early Voting.

Upcoming Runoff Primary, June 22, 2010

A runoff primary will be coming up on June 22, 2010.  The polls will open at 6:30 a. m. and close at 7:30 p. m. If you are not registered to vote already, you will not be able to vote or register and vote on June 22. 

If you are a registered Democrat and were eligible to vote in the May 4 primary, you will be able to vote in this one.  The Democratic contests are for the U. S. Senate and Guilford County Sheriff.

If you are a  registered Republican, were eligible to vote on May 4, AND LIVE IN U. S. HOUSE DISTRICTS 12 OR 13, you will be able to vote in this one.  The Republican contests are in U. S. House Districts 12 and 13.

If you are registered as Unaffiliated, then: If you DID NOT VOTE in the May 4 primary, you can vote in the Democratic primary; or, if you DID NOT VOTE in the May 4 primary,  and IF YOU LIVE IN U. S. HOUSE DISTRICTS 12 OR 13, you can vote in the Republican primary.

If you VOTED A DEMOCRATIC BALLOT IN THE MAY 4 PRIMARY, you must VOTE A DEMOCRATIC BALLOT IN THIS PRIMARY.

If you VOTED A REPUBLICAN BALLOT IN THE MAY 4 PRIMARY and you live in U. S. House districts 12 or13, you must VOTE A REPUBLICAN BALLOT IN THIS PRIMARY.

If you VOTED A NONPARTISAN BALLOT ONLY IN THE MAY 4 PRIMARY, you cannot vote in this primary.

If you are registered as a Libertarian, you cannot vote in this primary.

To see a sample ballot, you can to the the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.  Then, click on Click here for sample ballots.  Next, click on your county.  Finally, ORGUIL1 is the Democratic sample ballot.  ORGUIL3 is the Republican sample ballot for U. S. House District 13. ORGUIL4 is the Republican sample ballot for U. S. House District 12.

To find out your precinct and polling place, you also can use the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.  Once there, click on My Election Information.  Next, put in your first name, last name, date of birth, and county.  Your voter information will come up.  Included will be precinct number and polling place.

As a final note, these other categories of voters will not be able to vote in the June 22 primary: 1) Registered Republicans who live in U. S. House District 6; and 2) Unaffiliated voters who chose the Republican ballot on May 4 and live in U. S. House District 6.

If you are eligible, please vote on June 22 and let your voice be heard!

Runoff Primary on June 22

A runoff primary for certain offices is coming up on June 22.  Information about it can be found at the Guilford County Board of Elections website.   Early voting for this runoff primary begins on June 3 and runs through June 19.  Locations, days, and times for early voting are also shown at the Board’s website.  Once there, just click on Early Voting Schedule – Runoff June 22, 2010.  If you are not registered to vote, you will not be able to register to vote and vote early for this primary.  However, you might want to get an early start on registering for the November election.  You can pick up a voter registration form at any  Greensboro Public Library location or print one out from the Board of Elections website.  Once you have the form,  just fill it out and mail it in to the Guilford County Board of Elections.  Remember to let your voice be heard!

Electronic Tax Filing at Greensboro Public Library Locations

If you have a Greensboro Public Library card and want to file your taxes online, you can do so at any library location.  Websites which provide free or low-cost filing for NC returns and IRS returns are shown with requirements and links at the N. C. Department of Revenue e-file requirements link.  Websites which provide free IRS return filing (including those at the link above) and free or fee-based NC return filing can be found at a link maintained by the IRS – 2010 Free File.  Taxpayers can sign on to public computers at any library location with their library card numbers.  Prints are 10 cents each and can be made with a print card.  The card costs $1.00, comes with 10 prints value, and can be reloaded with more value as it is used.

NC Tax Form Access at Greensboro Public Library Locations

In an effort to reduce cost and encourage electronic filing, the N. C. Department of Revenue will not provide tax forms or instruction booklets to libraries and post offices for give-away to the public this year.  Taxpayers with Greensboro Public Library cards can sign on to a public-use computer at a library location and download and print out NC tax forms and instruction booklets at the N. C. Department of Revenue download site.  At library locations, printouts cost 10 cents each.  They are made with a print card.  The card costs $1.00 and comes with 10 prints value on it.  More value can be added to the card as it is used.   If a taxpayer prefers to order forms online instead of printing them out, he/she can do so at another link available-the N. C. Department of Revenue order site.  Forms ordered in this way are free.

IRS Tax Forms at Greensboro Public Library locations

IRS tax forms are available at Greensboro Public Library locations in a number of ways.  Free copies of the following forms can be picked up at any library location:  1040 forms, 1040 instructions, 1040A forms, 1040A instructions, 1040EZ forms, 1040EZ instructions, schedule 2441, schedule 2441 instructions, schedule R, schedule R instructions, schedule A, schedule B, schedule EIC, schedule L, schedule M, and form 4868. 

Some other IRS forms can be photocopied from a reproducible tax forms notebook provided by the IRS.  The price per photocopy is 15 cents with coins or 10 cents with a copy/print  card.  Still other forms can be printed out from the IRS website.   Prints are 10 cents each and are made with a copy/print card.  The card costs $1.00, has 10 prints value on it, and can have more money added as the first 1o prints value is used.   Library card holders can sign on to a public computer with Internet access with their library card number.

Tax Help at Library Locations for 2010

What follows is Greensboro Public Library’s schedule for free tax help for your 2009 tax returns.  AARP Taxaide will help low and middle income taxpayers, especially those 60 and over.  VITA will help taxpayers who make $49,000 or less.  These volunteers may be unable to assist you with very complex returns. Documents you should bring with you are listed after the schedule below.

Central Library AARP* Taxaide (first come, first served): 

Every Tuesday and Thursday starting Tuesday, February 2, through Thursday, April 15, from 9:30-4 

Three February Fridays from 12:30-4: Feb 12, Feb 19, and Feb 26

Central Library VITA** (first come, first served): 

Every Saturday starting Saturday, February 6, through Saturday, April 10, 9:30 am -12:30 pm

EXCEPTIONS:  February 13 (President’s Day Saturday) and April 3 (Easter Saturday)

Benjamin Branch (first come, first served):

Tuesdays  starting Feb. 2 and ending Tuesday, April 6, 4-7 pm

Saturdays starting Jan 30 and ending Saturday, April 10, 10 am – 1 pm 

EXCEPTION:  Easter Saturday, April 3

Vance Chavis Branch (Appointment only, 373-5838):

Thursdays starting Thursday, February 4, through Thursday, April 8, 6:15-9 pm

Glenwood Branch (first come, first served):

Friday, Jan 29, 3-5 pm

Saturdays starting Jan 30 and ending March 27, 9:30-11:30 am

McGirt-Horton Branch (Appointment only, phone 373-5810):

Tuesdays starting Feb 2 and ending April 6, 6:30 pm on

All tax filers should bring: 1) Social Security cards for themselves, spouses, and dependents; 2) government issued photo IDs or driver’s licenses for themselves and spouses; 3) copies of last year’s tax return; 4) all forms that show federal income tax paid; and 5) all documents concerning income. 

Frank Barefoot, Greensboro Public Library

*American Association of Retired Persons

** Volunteers in Tax Assistance

Greensboro Welcomes New and Returning City Council Members

Tuesday evening, December 1st, the City of Greensboro’s newly elected Council was sworn in.

This ceremony was preceded by tributes to outgoing Mayor Yvonne Johnson and outgoing Council members Mike Barber and Sandra Anderson Groat.  

As most of you probably know, the City Council is composed of a Mayor and eight Council members (five of whom represent districts, while the other three are at large members representing the entire city).  Council establishes policy, and a City Manager executes Council policy and manages City departments.  This is called the Council-Manager form of government.

Our current Council members are:  Mayor Bill Knight; Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Vaughan, At Large; Robbie Perkins, At Large; Danny Thompson, At Large; T. Dianne Bellamy-Small, District 1; Jim Kee, District 2; Zack Matheny, District 3; Mary C. Rakestraw, District 4; and Trudy Wade, District 5.

To determine which district you live in, you can search here.

Please remember that if you’re interested in following Council meetings, but unable to attend in person, you can still watch the meetings on cable television Channel 13, as well as on your computer.