Quick Guide to Durham's 2017 Candidates
Partners for Youth Opportunity provided interns Ximena Hernández and Estephani Sánchez, who are lending their talents to Kids Voting Durham this summer. They did a beautiful job of compiling and designing this Quick Guide to Durham's 2017 Candidates. Click here to view it.
UPDATE: Click here to read responses of mayoral and City Council candidates to the official Kids Voting Durham questionnaire. The questionnaire was put together by civic-minded elementary-, middle-, and high school students. Take note of the ones who didn’t send answers. I hope they eventually realize that our young people have a voice and are gathering motivation for getting involved in the political process when they get older.
Early voting/same-day voter registration
For those who want to avoid waiting to vote on Election Day, or who know they’ll be out of town, Early Voting and Same-Day Voter Registration is possible from Thursday, September 21 through Saturday, November 4. If you plan to register for same-day voting, you’ll need proof of residency (such as a North Carolina driver license; a photo ID from a governmental agency; or a copy of one the following documents that show your name and address—a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document).
You can choose to vote at any of these four locations:
Click here to see the full schedule.
Durham City Council meetings
The next regular City Council Meetings will be held on Monday, October 2 and 16, and November 6, 7–10pm, in City Hall (2nd floor Committee Room). City Council Work Sessions will be held on Thursdays, October 5 and 19, and November 9, 1pm.
See your sample ballot
Get a look at your sample ballot on record by visiting the NC State Board of Elections’ Voter Search page. Click here, type in your name, year of birth, county, and voter status (“Registered” or “Removed or Denied”) and then see your sample ballot. You’ll see your full name, address, a few other basics, election-day polling place, and a few numbers you might have wished you could double-check, such as your Congressional District number, which Ward you’re in, which Precinct and School District you live in, etc. This is an excellent way to make sure your information is up to date. Try it now!
Durham Police 2nd-quarter report
The Durham Police Department released its 2017 Second-Quarter Report on May 1. Read it below:
Mobile Justice smartphone app
There’s a new smartphone app called Mobile Justice NC that you can use to monitor and record police actions. We have the right to film the police, but always have your safety in mind when doing so. If an officer says that you’re in the way and tells you to get back, that might not the time to stand your ground and to tell him or her that you’re acting within your rights. Learn how to use the zoom-in feature so you can step out of the way and continue filming.
If you’re an activist or member of the media, download this free app and get familiar with Mobile Justice NC’s four features now (as opposed to during the heat of a protest or police action):
Click here to watch a short but in-depth explainer on how the app works:
(O clique aquí para más information sobre el app Justícia Móvil en español.)
Durham Police Department Citizen’s Complaint Form
You can make a formal complaint online by filling out the blanks of this form and sending it in. Click here for instructions and to fill out the Durham Police Department Citizen’s Complaint Form.
Durham Police Department Commendation Form
You can also single out an officer who went out of his or her way to be helpful/come to your aid. Click here for instructions and to fill out the Durham Police Department Commendation Form.
Mike Meno, communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s North Carolina office, was a recent guest on TV Skywriter. Learn more about the ACLU work at www.acluofnc.org.
City of Durham Police Satisfaction Survey
The City of Durham released its Police Satisfaction Survey in August of last year. Read it below:
NC Lawyer Referral Service
The North Carolina Bar Association can help you find an attorney to represent you. Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) attorneys can’t charge more than $50 for initial consultation meetings of up to 30 minutes. None are able to take clients on a pro bono (free) basis. Visit ncfindalawyer.org or call 800-662-7660 (or 919-677-8574 if you’re out of state).
Crime victims and survivors often feel like they’re sitting on pins and needles while waiting to hear about upcoming trials and to get news on the status of perpetrators. NC SAVAN (North Carolina Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification) is set up to keep them informed. A 24-hour, toll-free telephone number, 877-627-2826, is available for learning about an offender’s status and about victim-assistance resources. You can also call that number to register for the automated victim notification service. Once you’re registered, you can choose whether to get updates via automated telephone messages or emails; you can also download an app for your smart phone. Notifications can be delivered in English or Spanish, or you can have them translated into one of more than 100 available languages.
Click here to register for NC SAVAN or to search for offender information.
Feel free to assess the candidates for the Mayor of Durham and City Council.