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Vote early and vote Democratic for this year's local and national election races


Any voter registered in Orange County can cast an early vote from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Morehead Building during the next two weeks. I encourage all students to take advantage of this option - it's much easier than getting to the correct polling place on Nov. 2.

There are a few intricacies of the ballot that people should be aware of before voting.

First, voting a straight ticket does not cast a ballot for that party's presidential candidate. Voters must select a candidate for president separately.

Second, this is the first year North Carolina has had nonpartisan judicial races. I strongly encourage voters to support the incumbents for re-election.

For the N.C. Supreme Court, this is Justice Sarah Parker, and for the Court of Appeals, they are judges Wanda Bryant, Linda McGee and Alan Thornburg.

These candidates all have the support of the Democratic Party. There is also a seat open for the Supreme Court. The Orange County Democratic Party has endorsed current Court of Appeals Judge James Wynn Jr., a jurist with extensive experience.

I encourage all to get out this week to vote early and to vote Democratic.

Tom Jensen
Political Science

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