Durham News: Opinion

What you’re saying: Mark G. Rodin and Anthony Waraksa

Avoid a provisional ballot

The issues with the March 15 primary provisional ballots in Durham County now before the N.C. Board of Elections should serve as a warning and reminder to voters for the highly charged and emotional presidential and statewide elections Nov. 8.

I’ve served as an election official in the county since 2007, including the past three as a precinct judge. Provisional ballots are offered as a “fail safe” way to vote if a person is either not on the county’s voter registration list or has moved since the last time he or she voted. However, county election boards in North Carolina make the final decision on whether your provisional ballot is counted.

My advice to voters is to make certain you notify the Durham County Board of Elections in person or in writing through a new voter registration form if you have moved within the county or change your voter registration if you have moved to Durham County from elsewhere in North Carolina or another state. It is always the voter’s responsibility to notify the BOE.

Current election laws require all voters to vote in the precinct where they live. That includes all who want to vote a provisional ballot as well as currently registered voters.

The deadline for making registration changes is 25 days before the date of the general election. However, due to a still to be decided federal court lawsuit, voters are allowed to make address changes or register during the 10-day early voting period before the election as was the case for the March primary and as will be the same for the June 7 primary for associate justice on the N.C. Supreme Court.

Fulfilling your responsibility to notify the Durham BOE of address changes or transfer registration from another North Carolina county or state will avoid the possibility of voting provisionally and the risk of not having those votes count.

Mark G. Rodin


Abandon tainted titles

Let’s agree the academic/athletic scandal at UNC is not the NCAA’s problem but UNC’s. Let’s further agree that it does not represent the qualities we want our flagship university to represent.

It’s not up to the NCAA to impose penalties on the university, but it is up to the university to see that it has an ethical and moral obligation to recognize some of its professional staff had loyalties toward a sports team, not to the university’s standards.

Certainly any sanctions or punishment should not harm the student athletics currently enrolled. They are innocent.

Instead, perhaps UNC’s administration should look at the games and championships won by athletes who were not academically qualified to play except but for fraudulent (as opposed to easy) courses.

It would be a step toward UNC’s regaining its honor by stating, “We did not earn these wins and these championships honestly, and we choose to abandon them.”

Doing so would make us proud of UNC and would help our flagship university regain its honor.

Anthony Waraksa


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