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Today is Election Day! 

Local elections tend to have a lower turnout than national elections, but city and town councils make decisions that shape your everyday life, from what gets built around the corner from where you live to the sidewalks, bike lanes and roads we use.  

Here's how to cast your vote. 

☑️  Vote between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. today.

☑️ You must vote in your precinct. You can check where you're registered to vote here. The time to change your registration info (or register) has passed. This is a nonpartisan election, so your affiliation doesn't factor in with what ballot you receive.

☑️ How it works: When you arrive, a poll worker will check your registration to ensure you receive the correct ballot. Then, you'll take your ballot to vote.

☑️ You can wear a shirt, button, etc., supporting a candidate to go vote. You can't yell "Vote for (insert candidate)!" More details on what you can and cannot do supporting a candidate near a voting location in this FAQ.

☑️ You can't take a photo of your ballot or a selfie while waiting in line at the polls. But you can take that photo after you leave the voting location and share proudly that you voted with your "I Voted!" sticker (and tag us with #MakingRaleigh -- because you're making the Raleigh of the future when you vote!)

☑️ What you'll vote for in Raleigh: One mayoral candidate, two at-large candidates and the candidate you want to represent your district. (Candidates answered your questions here, also excerpted below).

☑️ What you'll vote for in Cary: You'll vote on the seats up for re-election in Cary, which are for mayor, an at-large seat, and districts B or D (if you live in one of those districts). You'll also vote on two bonds, a parks bond and a transportation bond. Read more about that here.

☑️ What happens next? If a runoff election is necessary, it will be on Nov. 5, the same date as local elections for municipalities Angier, Apex, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon.

☑️ How to follow elections results: News & Observer and INDY Week will be reporting elections results as the numbers are available, or you can check the results for yourself here.

We'll share news (and #MakingRaleigh selfies!) on our Instagram and we'll be back on Thursday with more context + a digest of post-election news.

PS: Forward this email to a friend you want to vote! 🗳️
Message from Civic Flags:

Today is an important municipal election.  Raleigh will elect a new Mayor & City Council.  Durham is hosting a primary for Mayor and City Council races.
Historically, local elections have a greater impact to our daily lives than national elections.  We encourage everyone across these great cities to exercise your civic duty and VOTE! 
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Here are some quick numbers about Raleigh and Cary elections:

18,039 Unofficial total of early voters. It's much higher numbers than 2017's 10,143!

14.96% The percentage of registered voters who cast a ballot in Wake County in 2017, the last election cycle for Raleigh.

50,480 The number to beat in 2017's Election Day voter turnout!

Still undecided? Scroll through to explore links to candidate questionnaires and see where they stand on what you care about.

If candidates didn't answer questions sent in by Raleigh Convergence newsletter subscribers for our Raleighites Agenda questionnaire, there are links to other media sources where you can find answers. 

About the Raleighites Agenda: Community members submitted questions for the questionnaire the Raleigh Convergence sent to candidates. It's our community-powered approach to the local elections (consistent with 
our values).

Click/tap to read the guide on our site or keep scrolling!

Click to read full questionnaire with all available candidate responses.

Q: What is your vision for the future of the city? (What will Raleigh look like in 10-20 years?) Once in office, what actions will be your priority to achieve that vision?

Mary-Ann Baldwin: My vision is to create a City of “Progress, Innovation and Compassion.” What do I mean by that? We need to move our city forward on urgent issues such as housing affordability and transit, encourage a culture of innovation that rewards new ideas instead of fearing them, and care for those members of our community who are most vulnerable. ... Read more of her answers

Zainab Baloch: Building for the Future Raleigh is in a unique position. We’re the capital city of North Carolina. We’re the second biggest tech hub after Silicon Valley. We’re facing unprecedented growth and there’s a great job market… for some. We’re also one of the worst cities to live in if you’re a poor black kid trying to get out of poverty. ... Read more

Charles Francis: Did not respond, read his questionnaire with INDY Week here.

George Knott: My vision for the future Raleigh is a Raleigh that is fair, just, and equitable for all of it’s citizens.  Unfortunately the past 20 years Raleigh has been incentivizing growth downtown, that growth displaces lifelong residents forcing them from their homes as their neighborhoods gentrify, housing prices soar and affordable housing is torn down to be replaced by million dollar condos in high rise apartments.  ... Read more 
Caroline Sullivan: I have never been more optimistic about Raleigh’s future. We will continue to face challenges as we grow, but we have the right ingredients to collaborate and find innovative solutions. We have our great universities, the best community college in the state, innovative companies filled with smart creative people, strong local governments, and tireless non-profits. By working together, we can build a Raleigh that works for everyone. ... Read more 

Justin L. Sutton: I envision Raleigh as a model of economic success and upward mobility where small businesses drive our local economy and where affordable housing is more than just a dream, but a reality for low to moderate income families. As mayor, I will prioritize: ... Read more


Click to read questionnaire with all available candidates responding

Q: What is your vision for the future of the city? (What will Raleigh look like in 10-20 years?) Once in office, what actions will be your priority to achieve that vision?

James Garland Bledsoe: I expect Raleigh to be much denser in 10 years. We will have gotten ahead of our housing supply shortage by allowing multifamily housing to be constructed all over the city along with ADUs in a few backyards. We will have created a walkable and rideable city by having protected bike lanes for cyclists and scooters, sidewalks everywhere for pedestrians. ... Read more

Jonathan Melton: All signs point to Raleigh’s continued growth, but we need to make sure that growth happens in a way that is responsible, sustainable, and inclusive. To protect and provide affordable housing, city council needs to build relationships with developers, realtors, builders, and affordable housing agencies. ...  Read more

Portia Wilson Rochelle: Vision for the future of the city is to become the city for people who live here.  Focus on safe for all, compact to become incredibly livable and pleasurable and more financially sustainable. ... More answers

Carlie Allison Spencer: Did not respond, see N&O questionnaire responses here

Russ Stephenson (incumbent): Did not respond, see an INDY Week questionnaire here

Nicole Stewart (incumbent):  Shared a statementsee N&O questionnaire responses here

Districts with no candidate responses link to questionnaires elsewhere. 


DISTRICT B CANDIDATES: Compare candidates' answers at News & Observer.

DISTRICT C CANDIDATES: Compare candidates at News & Observer




Raleigh News & Observer

Oakes & Spokes


How the Raleighites Agenda worked: Some similar questions were combined. Questions were edited for grammar.

The questionnaire was sent to Raleigh city council candidates on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, with a requested deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, so questionnaires could be posted in advance of early voting. 

Late submissions are accepted and updated on the site as available. If candidates decline to answer the questionnaire, that is noted. If candidates did not respond to multiple attempts to contact, the means of contact, dates and number of attempts are noted. 

Thanks for reading this special Election Day edition of the Raleigh Convergence!


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