Today’s the day! The Asheville municipal elections for mayor and city council are today, Tuesday, November 7th. Local politics is incredibly important in shaping community issues, from infrastructure and public transit to education and policing. For many of our WNCAP clients, who rely on public services to stay housed and healthy, local elections are paramount.
Who Am I Voting For?
A few different offices and issues are on the ballot today. The primary elections for candidates were held on October 10th, and now the top vote getters are campaigning to win in the general election, today. The candidates for Mayor of Asheville (pictured below, left to right) are incumbent Esther Manheimer and challenger Martin Ramsey.
The candidates for City Council (pictured below, left to right) are: Vijay Kapoor, Sheneika Smith, and Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler (top row), and Dee Williams, Rich Lee and Kim Roney (bottom row). Voters will choose one candidate for mayor and three candidates for City Council.
Want to find out more about where the candidates for mayor and city concil stand on key issues? Check out the North Carolina Voter Guide.
In addition to choosing candidates, voters will decide on a controversial referendum that would change the current at-large structure of the Asheville City Council to a series of six single-member districts.
Where Do I Vote?
Voting locations are set up across Asheville. Buncombe County has set up a great tool where you just type in your address and it tells you where your assigned voting location is, in addition to who all of your state, local, and federal elected officials are.
When Do I Vote?
Today’s the day! Polls are open from 6:30am to 7:30pm.
What if I’m not Registered to Vote?
The first thing to do is check whether or not you are already registered. Look up your status here. Unfortunately, there is no same-day voter registration in North Carolina. You can participate in Early Voting and register on the same day at the polling place, but not on Election Day itself. But make no mistake: the 2018 elections will come up sooner than you think, and it’s not a bad idea to register to vote right now so you can participate next year.
Convicted felons who are currently serving their sentence, including probation or parole, may not vote. However, once the sentence or probationary period has been completed, all voting rights are automatically restored. No special document is needed. More detailed information about the voting rights of people convicted of crimes can be found here.
For more information about early voting, voting locations, and voter registration, visit the Buncombe County Election Services website. Remember – change starts at home! Local politics matter.