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Chatham Task Force on Commissioner Election Methods Seeks Public Comment

Deadline for Online Feedback is August 10, 2018

Post Date:07/16/2018 2:47 PM

In March, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners appointed a special task force to look at the issue of revising the election method for county commissioners. The Election Method Task Force has been exploring options available for voters to choose their commissioners, with the goal of recommending an option soon.

The task force is asking residents to provide feedback on the following three option below:

1. Residency Districts

This is the current election method where commissioners must reside within a district, but are elected at large by all county voters.

Example: To run for a seat representing District A, Candidate Smith must live in that district, but all Chatham voters will be able to decide who wins that seat.

2. Voting Districts

All county commissioners would have to reside in a district and would be elected by only the voters of the district. No seats would be elected by voters at-large.

Example: To run for a seat representing District A, Candidate Smith must live in that district AND only voters in District A can vote to decide who represents District A.

3. Combination

In this option, two commissioners would be elected at large with no residency requirement, while five would live in districts and by elected by voters in their district.

Example: Candidate Smith, who is running for District A, must live in District A and only voters in those districts decide who is elected. However, Candidate Jones is running for one of the two at-large seats, which means she can live anywhere in the county and all county voters decide who wins the seat.

Give Your Feedback

to provide feedback on these options, residents can have these options:

  • Attend the upcoming meeting of the Election Method Task Force on August 2, 6:30 PM at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center, 1192 US 64 W, Pittsboro. Speakers will have up to three minutes.
  • Submit comments online no later than August 10, 2018 by 5 PM at: www.chathamnc.org/BOCElectionMethod
  • For those who can’t attend the meeting or do not have online access, you can mail comments to Lindsay Ray, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, P O Box 1809, Pittsboro, NC 27312, but please make sure you mail it in time to arrive no later than August 10, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Lindsay Ray, 919-542-8200 or email lindsay.ray@chathamnc.org

More information on the task force and its work can be found at: www.chathamnc.org/government/board-of-commissioners-election-method-task-force