Friday, October 21, 2011

Changes to the original slate of candidates

There have been two changes to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board election since the filing period ended back in July. First, it was discovered that the two years remaining on the term of one seat (created by a resignation over a year ago) would be filled not by a separate selection for which Jamezetta Bedford was the only candidate but would be filled by the fifth place finisher for all five open seats (four 4-year term seats and one 2-year term seat). That is, voters have up to five votes to cast among all the candidates. This same situation occurred in 1995 (Nick Didow came in fifth; he ended up serving 10 years total).

The second change is that Brian Bower has officially dropped out of the race. Although his name is already printed on the ballots, any vote cast for him will not be counter, according to Orange County Board of Elections.

Early Voting began yesterday and it is 5 out of 7. The four candidates receiving the greatest number of votes will be seated to four year terms and the fifth place will have a two year term.

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