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Election Services: Reflecting on 2018 and Looking Toward 2020

With more than 119,000 voters, the 2018 interim elections was a record-breaking day for Buncombe County Election Services. An election of this size takes a significant amount of preparation, community partnerships, and culminates with a very long day for election staff and poll workers. However, looking toward 2020, Election Services is preparing for an even bigger day at the polls and is looking for help from the community to make it happen. “We’re expecting huge turnouts and looking for early voting locations that are also huge,” said Trena Velez, Director of County Election Services. “So, if you have a facility that might lend itself well to that, give us a shout.”

Velez is also looking for the technological savvy and energy of college students to be poll workers. These positions are no longer volunteer-based and are paid. She also wants teachers to facilitate tours for their students of election services to invigorate them about this important civic process.

Election Services is looking forward and already preparing for the 2020 General Elections. If you want to get involved, you can find more information on its website or contact call (828) 250-4200.

Checklist: Are you Prepared for the 2020 General Elections?

• Register to Vote/Request an Absentee Ballot

Is your political affiliation/address/registration information up to date?

• Did you know Election Services has a Wait Time Ap for Early Voting and the General Elections so you know how long it will take when you vote?

• Learn about the 2020 Election ID Laws

• Do you know your Early Voting and General Election Voting Locations?

• Interested in making some extra cash as a poll worker?

Have a location you think would lend itself well to Early Voting and/or General Election voting?