Some Election Day FAQs for Greensboro City Voters by Frank Barefoot

1)      What time will the polls open on election day? 

6:30 a. m.

2)      What time will the polls close on election day? 

7:30 p. m. 

3)      What is the phone number of the Guilford County Board of Elections?

641-3836

4)      Can I register to vote AND vote on Election Day, November 3?

No.

5)      My next-door neighbor told me we’re in a different Greensboro City Council district.  What’s going on? 

Between the 2007 Greensboro city election and this one, Greensboro annexed a large amount of land and a large number of people on the west side of the city.  So, the city council districts had to be redrawn to satisfy a number of legal requirements.  You are one of the 42,000 voters in the new city limits whose precinct was moved from one district to another as a result of this district boundary redrawing. 

6)      Who are the Democratic and Republican Party candidates in this election? 

The Greensboro city election is non-partisan, and that means that candidates do not run with party labels.

7)      Can I vote for a write-in candidate?  

Yes.

8)      I live outside of Greensboro.  Why can’t I vote today? 

This election is only for Greensboro City Council candidates, and you can’t vote for them unless you live inside the Greensboro city limits.

9)      I’ve got to go and vote this afternoon, but I don’t know who the people are I’m supposed to choose from.   How can I find out? 

If you have a computer with Internet access, you can go to www.guilfordelections.org, the website of the Guilford County Board of Elections.  Then follow these steps:

Click on Voter Information Lookup and Sample Ballot (a link on the lefthand side).

Click on My Election Information

Put in your first name, last name, and birth date, and choose your county.

Click on My Districts.

Under City, you’ll see your ward (city council district).

Then, use your back arrow twice and X out of the Voter Information Lookup screen.  Click on 2009 Municipal Election Composite Sample Ballot.  Each voter will be voting for mayor, 3 at-large city council members, 1 district city council member, and Yes or No on some Natural Science Center bonds.

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Greensboro City Council Primary

The Greensboro City Council primary is Tuesday, October 6.  Polls will open at 6:30 a. m. and close at 7:30 p. m.  If you want to see a sample ballot based on where you live and vote, you can go to the Guilford County Board of Elections website and click on Voter Information Lookup and Sample Ballot.  Next, click on My Election Information and put in your first name, last name, birth date, and county.  Then, click on Submit.  Please be sure to vote on Tuesday, because every vote counts!

Turmoil in Iran as Supporters of Reform Candidate Mousavi Protest Election Results

MSNBC reports that hundreds of thousands of people spilled into the streets of Tehran today in disbelief, protesting election results which showed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won a landslide victory over his opponent, the reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi. 

Many Iranians believe there was massive fraud in the election, which took place on Saturday.   Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today directed a body called the Guardian Council to examine these allegations.   

Nonetheless, a government crackdown on the protestors is reported to have begun, with arrests of pro-reform activists and efforts to block websites associated with the Mousavi campaign.  Events have also turned violent, as at least one protestor was killed today and others are said to have been wounded, probably victims of pro-government militia. 

If you’d like to learn more about Iran, Greensboro Public Library has some recent titles which may be of interest, such as:  Honeymoon in Tehran:  Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni; Guardians of the Revolution:  Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs by Ray Takeyh (on order); Khomeini’s Ghost:  The Iranian Revolution and the Rise of Militant Islam by Con Coughlin; The Life and Times of the Shah by Gholam Reza Afkhami; In the House of My Bibi:  Growing Up in Revolutionary Iran by Nastaran Kherad; Shadi Ghadirian: Iranian Photographer, edited by Rose Issa; Things I’ve Been Silent About:  Memories by Azar Nafisi; Iran by Leon Gray (juvenile); The Iranian Revolution by Brendan January; The Ayatollah Begs to Differ:  The Paradox of Modern Iran by Hooman Majd; The Secret War with Iran:  The 30-year Clandestine Struggle Against the World’s Most Dangerous Terrorist Power by Ronen Bergman; A History of Iran:  Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy; and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:  President of Iran by Matthew Broyles (juvenile).

Not voted yet?

By this time, you’ve probably already decided which candidate has your vote, or maybe you plan to cast a straight party ballot.  Keep in mind that there will be choices that will be neither Republican, Democrat or 3rd party. Judges and school board officers, as well bond issues are included.  For last minute research check out these voter information links. You can view a copy of you ballot at the Guilford County Board of Elections.