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!

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!

Registering to Vote When You Vote Early!

Did you forget to register to vote by April 9 for the May 4 primary?  Don’t despair!  If you vote early, you can still register to vote at the same time.  Early voting begins on April 15.  Days, locations, and times can be found on the Early Voting Schedule and Locations link on the Guilford County Board of Elections website.  To register to vote when you vote early, you must have with you an acceptable form of identification showing your current name and address.  A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found at the Registering to Vote During Early Voting link on the Guilford County Board of Elections website.   Please register and take advantage of this further opportunity to let your voice be heard!

Registering to Vote in the May 4 Primary

The last day to register to vote in the May 4 primary is Friday, April 9.   You can deliver a completed voter registration form to the Guilford County Board of Elections Greensboro or High Point offices by 5 p.m. on that date.  Also, you can mail in a completed form to the Guilford County Board of Elections with a postmark prior to midnight on that date.  The addresses for the Board of Elections offices are:

Guilford County Board of Elections – Greensboro office

301 West Market Street – Room 115

Guilford County Board of Elections – High Point office

505 East Green Drive – Room 103

The address to which you mail completed forms is:

Guilford County Board of Elections

P. O. Box 3427

Greensboro, NC 27402

Voter registration forms can be picked up at any Greensboro Public Library location.  They can also be printed out from the Guilford County Board of Elections website.  Make sure you’re registered to vote so that your voice will be heard!

Violence in the Streets of Tehran

In an update to our post on Iran earlier this week, anti-government protests continued in Tehran today

The unrest began in the aftermath of the country’s disputed presidential election of June 12th. 

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded Friday by issuing a stern warning:  that Mir Hossein Mousavi and other opposition leaders would be held reponsible “‘for the consequences of any illegal gatherings'” or “‘disruption[s] of security and public order.'” 

Mousavi, meanwhile, has countered by calling for a national strike should he be arrested.  

At this writing, it’s difficult to know exactly what’s going on in Iran as Internet and media communications have been disrupted by the government.  There are, however, fears of a broad government crackdown on the protesters. 

If the civil unrest in Iran has sparked your interest, please click here for a list of Greensboro Public Library’s books on Iran

You can also follow events there through Facts and File’s World News Digest.

UPDATE:  Here’s another good link from CNN.