The general election is Nov. 3, and early voting starts on Oct. 15. That may seem like a while from now, but Election Day is only 48 days away.
We want you to be ready to cast your ballot with all the confidence in the world, so we’re breaking down all the 2020 election must-knows for you. In North Carolina, you’ll be voting for a Senate representative, Congressional House representatives, state positions(including Governor and Lieutenant Governor), local positions(including City Council) and of course, the President of the United States. There are no ballot measures this year — AKA state amendments.
In this guide, you’ll find registration + polling information, maps of local voting districts, a breakdown of candidate priorities, a timeline of important dates, and an election dictionary of terms you should know.
Basically, if you have a question about the upcoming election, this is your resource. So go ahead and bookmark it, and as always, reach out to us if you have any questions we didn’t answer.
Community ○RiverLink is working with consultants to find solutions to water quality issues in three streams that flow through Asheville + the French Broad River: Bacoate Branch, Town Branch + Haith Branch. Town Branch, known as Nasty Branch by some locals, is one of the most polluted streams in Buncombe County. 💧(Asheville Citizen-Times)
Trending ○ The most expensive private home in Asheville has been sold for $7.7 million. The Ellsleigh estate is the most expensive sale in 20 years + overlooks the fairway on the Biltmore Forest Country Club Golf Course. The estate was previously the home of Robert Lee Ellis, the former president of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Asheville, and his wife Nan. 🏠 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Ranked ○US News and World Report released their Best Colleges report and UNC Asheville came in seventh among public liberal arts universities nationwide. The ranking measures graduation rates, social mobility, admissions data, faculty + academic reputation. 🏫 (Mountain Xpress)
WaterCooler ○ The Maui Invitational college basketball tournament will take place this year in either Asheville or Indianapolis. The 37th year of the tournament features North Carolina, Texas, Indiana, Alabama, Stanford, Providence, UNLV, + Davidson. The decision on which location could come as early as this week. 🏀 (Sports Illustrated)
DYK ○ The property containing The Bywater (796 Riverside Dr.) is for sale for $2.5 million. The ability to access the location by boat or car gives potential investors a unique opportunity. Residential, recreational, retail, hospitality + more are allowed due to River Arts District zoning.💸 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Ashevillian ○ Ninety-two year old Asheville resident George Gibson has been maintaining the South Asheville Cemetery for 35+ years and inspiring others to volunteer along the way. Members of the Kenilworth community + South Asheville Cemetery Association recently recognized Gibson by naming the creek located near Norfolk St. + Wyoming Rd. Gibson Creek in his honor. The South Asheville Cemetery started as a burial ground in the 18000s for enslaved individuals. 🌳 (Mountain Xpress)
Giveaway ○ Hey, did you miss the launch of our Relaxing Weekend Giveaway?Click here to enter now through Sept. 30 so you don’t miss out on winning a weekend getaway with $3,000 in expenses paid (covering lodging, travel, spa treatments + more).
Event ○ Bingeable Trivia Night | Weds., Sept 16 | 7-8:45 p.m. | Catawba Brewing South Slope, 32 Banks Ave. | Grab a drink + a table with friends for trivia night. No prior registration required.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Some residents of Buncombe County are getting scam letters reporting to be from the Tax Department(listed on the letters as the Tax Processing Unit). The letters say that the recipients owe a debt on an accrued balance of unpaid taxes due to the state. If you have been a victim of the scam, you can call (877)-5-NO-SCAM or file a formal complaint with the Attorney General’s office.
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○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Tuesday afternoon, 2,764 cases and 75 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County.
○ As of Sept. 14, NC health officials say there were 2,760 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County. That’s 138 more than the previous week + includes 72 deaths. This is the lowest weekly increase of positive cases among Buncombe County residents in over a month. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
○ Do you still need to wear a mask if you’ve already had coronavirus? Chief Medical Officer at UNC Pardee HospitalDr. David Ellis says yes. He notes that the medical establishment doesn’t fully understand the virus and that there have been a few documented cases of COVID-19 reinfection. Ellis stresses that masks not only protect the wearer, but the folks around them. (WLOS)
○ Unemployed Tarheels are struggling to make ends meet.According to Sen. Chuck Edwards, 300,000 North Carolinians are still collecting unemployment, and the state is seeing 5,000 applications for unemployment benefits daily. Edwards thinks that while many are returning to work, even more people are stuck because their workplaces can’t open because of state health guidelines. He says legislators will consider additional assistance programs as fall approaches. (WLOS)
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