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Who’s running for Chapel Hill mayor and Town Council? Here’s info about voting early.

Early voting in the Orange County elections begins Wednesday, Oct. 16. The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Early voting in the Orange County elections begins Wednesday, Oct. 16. The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5. File photo

Voters in most towns and cities around North Carolina go to the polls on Nov. 5. Here’s what you need to know before you cast your vote in Chapel Hill.

Who’s running in Chapel Hill

Voters will see candidates for mayor and four Town Council seats. All candidates are elected by everyone within the town, including the portion of Chapel Hill that lies in Durham County. The mayor’s term is for two years; the council terms are four years.

Council member Donna Bell is not seeking re-election, which means at least one new member will join the council in December.

Get details about each candidate at tinyurl.com/y6enlfd9. Candidates in all races around North Carolina are listed at ncbse.gov.

Candidate forums

Sunday, Oct. 13: First Baptist Church will hold a meet and greet for candidates running for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board and Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough municipal offices. 10:45 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St.

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Democratic Women of Orange County host “A Date with the Candidates,” a “speed dating” way to meet candidates for Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough municipal offices. 6:30-8 p.m., Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.

Where and when to vote in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill’s municipal election is Nov. 5, 2019. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Early voting starts on Oct. 16. All early voting sites will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, for Halloween.

Vote early at the following polling places and times:

Board of Elections Office, 208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough

Oct. 16-18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Oct. 20, closed

Oct. 21-25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oct. 26, closed

Oct. 27 Noon-4 p.m.

Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro

Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Oct. 20, closed

Oct. 21-25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oct. 26, closed

Oct. 27, Noon-4 p.m.

Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

You can find your polling place on the Orange County government website. Don’t assume you’ll vote at the same place you voted in the last election; check the Orange County Board of Elections’ list of recent changes.

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Return to this page for regular updates and more story links through Election Day.

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Tammy Grubb has written about Orange County’s politics, people and government since 2010. She is a UNC-Chapel Hill alumna and has lived and worked in the Triangle for over 25 years.
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