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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: May 8, 2012

Kids can cast their vote in the School Board and County Commissioner Elections May 8 in Durham, thanks to Kids Voting Durham, a program of the Durham County Cooperative Extension.

Kids Voting polling stations will be available at the following precincts: Watts Elementary, Durham County Cooperative Extension, Club Blvd. Elementary, St. Stephens, and Main Library.  If your child needs to know more about the candidates for election, you'll find an excellent guide at www.kidsvotingdurham.org. Created by students from the Durham School of the Arts' Octagon Club and Kids Voting Durham, the youth-friendly guide offers information about City Council, questionnaire responses from the candidates and resources for learning more about voting and active citizenship. I took a look and was impressed by the clear explanations of the responsibilities of the School Board and County Commissioners. Results from the Kids Voting Durham Elections will be available by Wednesday May 9 on the Kids Voting Durham website.

With May 8 being primary election day, you are probably heading out to vote as well. If you're like me, you've waited until the last minute to get informed about the candidates.  It's happened before, and I always manage to find the information I need online and then make an informed choice. If you're looking for information on the candidates, visit 2012 North Carolina Voter Guide, where you'll find voter's guides for Durham, Wake and Orange counties. The 2012 N.C. Voter Guide is a public service provided by UNC-TV statewide public television and the N.C. Center for Voter Education, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization.

To preview a sample ballot, visit the N.C. State Board of Elections website. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the May 8 primaries, you can call an election protecton hotline hosted by the University of North Carolina's Law School at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or (888-VEY-VOTA) (888.839.8682) between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., the hours polls are open in North Carolina.



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