Tuesday, October 8, 2019 is the date of the Town of Cary Municipal Election.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 will be the day of the Runoff Election, if required. In a race for any seat, if no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes cast in that race, the candidate finishing with the second-highest number of votes may demand a runoff election against the candidate who received the highest number of votes.
Cary's voter turnout for council and mayoral elections [to this Army veteran] is embarrassing, insulting, and shameful. In 2017, the rate was 7.6% – one of 13 elegible citizens cast a ballot. This rate is only marginally greater than voter turnouts in Third World dictatorships where voting is not only prohibited, but inconceivable.
To magnify the value of your vote, and have it count for both yourself and the 12 qualified citizens who can't be bothered to vote, please download and fill out the North Carolina Voter Registration Application, then do one of these things:
1. Mail it to Wake County Board of Elections, PO Box 695, Raleigh, NC 27605,
2. Scan or photograph it (legibly) and email it to email@example.com, or
3. Fax it to (919) 856-5864.
Please do it now. Don't wait for the deadline. Media coverage of these off-year elections only intensifies, thus raising civic interest and debate, within a few days of the election, and that will be after the registration deadline has passed.
* * * Early voting dates, times, and polling places will be posted here when published by the Wake County Board of Elections. * * *
This page of the Wake County Board of Elections website has links to voter registration, voter districts, and assigned polling places.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement offers to voters at no charge a pin personalized with the name of a veteran in honor of whom a person would like to vote. In the last election, I voted in honor of my dad, who died in 1980 and who served as a United States Navy intelligence officer in World War II. To request a personalized pin, please go to this page.
In the 2017 Town of Cary elections for council members, 8,143 registered voters cast ballots and 106,599 registered voters did not cast ballots. As one who was raised to be thankful to live in a country in which there was the right to vote and encouraged to study why those who founded this great country established it as a democratic republic, I am astounded that 12 of 13 registered voters chose not to cast ballots.
Perhaps I'm a dinosaur, or perhaps I just don't "get it."
The video below chronicles but one instance of but one identfiable group being denied the right to vote. I chose this video [in this plea for greater voter turnout this year than the 7.64% turnout in Cary in 2017] because of the specific call for enlightened and determined leadership made by United Nations Secretary-General Guterres at about the 18:20 mark of his plea shown on this page.