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Indy endorsements October 2009 

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Indy endorsements

Wake County Board of Education
Town of Cary
City of Raleigh
City of Durham

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Wake County
Durham

Candidate info

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Wake County
Durham

Wait, what's going on?

This is tomorrow's election tweet:

Democracy run amok! Durhamites get not just 1 vote, but 2. Raleigh resdnts get 4. Wake Ctyians 1. WTF? Chk out Indy endrsmts; thy xpln.


Wake County Board of Education

General election: Oct. 6

Early voting: Sept. 17-Oct. 3

Who votes? Wake County residents of the districts where races are taking place

In what races can I vote? You must live in the district in which a candidate is running.

What happens next? The candidate with the most votes wins. However, the second-place finisher can ask for a runoff if the first-place finisher doesn't receive 50 percent plus 1 of the vote.

Runoff election: Nov. 3

Early voting: Oct. 15-31


Raleigh City Elections

General election: Oct. 6

Early voting: Sept. 17-Oct. 3

Who votes? Everyone who lives within the Raleigh city limits, including Raleigh residents who live in Durham County

In what races can I vote? For district races, you must live in the district in which a candidate is running. All Raleigh voters cast two votes in the at-large race, plus one for mayor.

What happens next? The candidate with the most votes wins. However, the second-place finisher can ask for a runoff if the first-place finisher doesn't receive 50 percent plus 1 of the vote. In the at-large race, the margin is 25 percent plus 1 of the vote.

Runoff election: Nov. 3

Early voting: Oct. 15-31


Durham City Elections

Primary election: Oct. 6

Early voting: Sept. 17-Oct. 3

Who votes? Everyone who lives inside the city limits

In what races can I vote? Since it is a primary, only contests with more than two candidates will be on the ballot: City Council Ward I and Ward II. Voters can cast ballots for all the wards, but candidates must live in the wards they represent.

What happens next? The top two vote-getters in the Ward I and Ward II races go to the general election, where they'll join the mayoral and Ward III candidates.

General election: Nov. 3

Early voting: Oct. 15-31

Who votes: Everyone who lives inside the city limits

In what races can I vote? Wards I, II and III, and mayor. Ward III and the mayoral races have only two candidates running, so they are not on the primary ballot, only the general.


Thank goddess the Indy's endorsements process is easier. We base our endorsements on candidates' answers to our questionnaires, voting records and meeting attendance if a candidate is an incumbent, background checks through public records databases, published news stories and shoe-leather reporting.

Candidate questionnaires, Web sites, Facebook/ Twitter pages, contact info and more are posted in our Elections section (go to the On The Ballot for your county). Talk about our choices and the elections on the Indy's Facebook page or by commenting on the story online. And on election night, follow us on Twitter. —Lisa Sorg

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