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The Raleigh City Council's vote to delay the city election until November 2022 and other election-related changes is under scrutiny by state representatives and open government advocates, who take issue with the closed-session vote (not open to the public). The city attorney defends the action. [INDY Week]

Changing the election date stems from delayed 2020 Census data, which is needed to redraw districts. Raleigh elects a mayor and two at-large members citywide, but five council members represent districts.

Other changes besides more time were requested by Raleigh officials for state lawmakers, WRAL reported.

Raleigh's elected officials also requested:
1. to permanently change elections to even-numbered years, which would correspond with statewide general elections and
2. for the highest vote-getter to be declared the winner, versus the current system that allows the second-place vote getter to request a runoff if the candidate with the most votes didn't receive a majority. 

It's not official yet, but the bill with the Raleigh amendment passed the state legislature, now it's up to the governor. [WRAL]
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Catch Juneteenth celebrations in Raleigh, Cary and Fuquay-Varina this week. Check out lists from Triangle Tribune and the inaugural Capital City Juneteenth Celebration.

See public art in Apex: The town has 9 sculptures on display, from Hunter Street Park to Downtown Apex. [Cary Magazine]

Learn about composting: Attend our virtual event at 12 p.m. Monday with Kat Nigro, VP of Experience for CompostNow. [register]

A 16-year-old swimmer from Cary made the US Olympic team
Cary resident and Cardinal Gibbons High School student Claire Curzan is a six-time North Carolina state champion. [ABC11]

A third field of sunflowers will be added this year as the North Carolina Museum of Art and Dorothea Dix Park partner for City of Sunflowers. The new planting will be the second for the NCMA Museum Park. [🌻
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