Ken Larsen's web site - Advice for voters
Reflecting on recent Chapel Hill elections, here's my advice for eligible voters:
|1||Register to vote|
|2||Study the issues and candidates prior to voting.||
1. Create a list of the things you like and dislike about your town.
2. Try to find candidates who you trust to most effectively address the issues you're concerned about.
3. Beware: Some candidates and sources of "endorsements" may be tainted. Read my web page on the Urban Growth Machine.
4. It's best to rely on advice from friends you trust.
|3||Vote!||In most local elections, you'll be able to vote for several people ... like 4 out out 7 for Town Council. If you have a strong preference for, say, 2 candidates, consider voting for just those two. In a tight race, your preferences may lose because of votes you cast for the others. Don't cast a vote for someone based on whim. Our Town's future is too important. Some Town elections have been decided by only a few votes.|
Elections for Town Council and School Board occur in odd numbered years (non-Presidential years). Such elections have had poor turnout ... sometimes under 15%.
If you don't vote in off-year elections, don't complain about Town issues!