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!

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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.

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.

Frost/Nixon

If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to see Frost/Nixon, the film recreation of British talk show host David Frost‘s historic interviews with former President Richard M. Nixon in 1977.  The first of these interviews, in which Watergate was discussed, is still considered the most watched news interview in television history.  The movie, directed by Ron Howard, is an adaptation of a play written by Peter Morgan, first performed in London in 2006.  

Actor Frank Langella‘s portrayal of Nixon is dead-on, evincing both the former president’s political acumen as well as his neuroses.  Michael Sheen‘s performance as the glib, jet-setting Frost is equally convincing.  No doubt the film will help to introduce yet another, younger generation to Watergate, Nixon and all the political pathos of that era.

If you’d like to read more about Richard Nixon, we’ve probably got a book or two which you’ll enjoy.  Our more recent titles include:  Nixonland:  The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein; Richard Nixon:  A Life in Full by Conrad Black; Very Strange Bedfellows:  The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew by Jules Witcover; Nixon and Mao:  The Week That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan; The First Modern Campaign:  Kennedy-Nixon and the Election of 1960 by Gary A. Donaldson; Richard M. Nixon by Elizabeth Drew; President Nixon:  Alone in the White House by Richard Reeves; and No Peace, No Honor:  Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam by Larry Berman.

We also have The Conviction of Richard Nixon:  The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews by James Reston, Jr.  Reston, who was a Morehead scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill and taught creative writing there during the 1970s, was a consultant to Frost during the interviews. 

And of course, you can also search Facts on File for articles about the original Frost-Nixon interviews.

Auto Industry Bailout

The question of the moment on Capital Hill is of course whether or not Congress will succeed in passing a bailout of the big three automakers — General Motors, Chrysler and Ford.  The latest news is that there aren’t enough Republicans on board to pass the $14 billion bill fashioned by Senate Democrats.  There’s now talk of a compromise bill authored by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, but with painful wage concessions from the United Auto Workers, cuts in retiree benefits, and debt restructuring requirements — the latter of which will no doubt mean a great deal of downsizing and lost jobs.

Once again, and much as with the banks during the last few months, there are fears about possible ripple effects across the economy if one or more of the automakers are allowed to fail.

If you’re interested in the auto industry, the following titles at Greensboro Public Library should shed some light upon the history of one of America’s most storied industries and where it’s headed.  Try some of these recent titles:  How Toyota Became #1: Leadership Lessons from the World’s Greatest Car Company by David Magee; Zoom:  The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future by Iain Carson and Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran; Billy, Alfred, and General Motors:  The Story of Two Unique Men, a Legendary Company, and a Remarkable Time in American History by William Pelfrey; The People’s Tycoon:  Henry Ford and the American Century by Steven Watts; The Ford Century: Ford Motor Company and the Innovations that Shaped the World by Russ Banham; Taken for a Ride:  Detroit’s Big Three and the Politics of Pollution by Jack Doyle; and The Car and Its Future, edited by Kaitlen Jay Exum and Lynn M. Messina.

Caroline Kennedy to Replace Hillary?

Check out this speculation from NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on the possibility that Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK, may be appointed to fill the New York senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton — who has been offered the post of Secretary of State by President-elect Barack Obama.

Though Caroline Kennedy has never held elective office, she is an attorney and has been involved in organizations such as the Commission on Presidential Debates and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  Here’s a link to her wikipedia biography.  She raised her political profile a bit this year with her endorsement of Obama during the contest for the Democratic Party’s nomination.  If she is appointed to the Senate, we’ll no doubt begin to hear rumblings from far-sighted pundits about a Caroline Kennedy bid for the presidency in 2016. 

The Kennedy family of course continues to be an object of fascination with the American public — some even think of them as our own equivalent to “royalty.”  And as one might expect, there’s quite a corpus of Kennedy literature out there. 

A quick search of the library’s catalog located several books about Caroline Kennedy and her family that may be of interest to our readers:  Sweet Caroline:  Last Child of Camelot by Christopher Andersen; American Legacy:  The Triumphs and Tragedies of John and Caroline Kennedy by C. David Heymann; and White House Nannie; My Years with Caroline and John Kennedy, Jr.  by Maud Shaw; John and Caroline:  Their Lives in Pictures by James Spada; The Kennedy Family Album by Linda Corley with photographs by Bob Davidoff; and The Kennedys:  Portrait of a Family by Richard Avedon and Shannon Thomas Perich.