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.

Crowd Size at Beck Rally Debated

As many will no doubt be aware, Conservative  talk show host and political commentator Glenn Beck led a big rally at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial this past Saturday.

Labeled “Restoring Honor,” the rally promoting religious and patriotic themes and co-sponsored by (among others) the Tea Party Movement, numbered Republican Party vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin among its numerous speakers.

As has often been the case in the aftermath of other big Washington political demonstrations of the past (such as the Million Man March), post-event debate in part focuses on the question of just how many people were actually in attendance.  Estimates of the numbers at the Beck event range wildly from less than 100,000 to more than one million.

Regardless of your political convictions, Beck and his followers are attracting a lot of national attention.

If you’d like to learn more about Glenn Beck, Greensboro Public Library’s holdings include several books which he had a hand in either authoring or editing.  These include Arguing with Idiots:  How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government and An Inconvenient Book:  Real Solutions to the World’s Biggest Problems, as well as a new novel we have on order called The Overton Window.