PUBLIC NOTICE OF THE 2017 MUNICIPAL ELECTION FOR
THE TOWN OF FRANKLIN AND THE TOWN OF HIGHLANDS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to G.S. 163-33(8) that a Municipal Election for the Town of Franklin and the Town of Highlands will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. This Election is only for the registered voters of the Municipalities of Franklin and Highlands. The ballot will include the office for the following: Franklin Mayor, and Town of Franklin Council Members, Highlands Mayor, and Highlands Commissioners. The polls will be open from 6:30am until 7:30pm. To vote in this Election you must be a registered voter, and live inside the City limits of Franklin or Highlands. THIS IS NOT A COUNTY-WIDE ELECTION.
Registration Deadline: Citizens that wish to vote in the 2017 Municipal Election must be registered to vote by October 13, 2017 (G.S. 163-82.6 (c). If a voter needs to update, or make any change to their voters registration they must also do this by the same date. Registration forms if submitted by mail must be postmarked or delivered in person by this day.
Absentee Voting By-Mail:
Absentee voting will be allowed pursuant to G.S. 163-302 (b). Absentee voting by mail will begin on Monday, October the 9, 2017 and will end on Tuesday October the 31, 2017 (G.S. 163-230.1 (a2) (3).
These requests may be made in person at the Macon County Board of Elections Office, or you may go to the Macon County website www.maconnc.org. If the voter is unable to request an absentee by mail or in person a near relative may also request an absentee ballot for them by using the same format listed above, and must also include the relationship to the voter, and the near relatives contact information must be provided. A near relative includes: spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild. All absentee voted ballots must be returned to the Macon County Board of Elections Office by Monday, November 6, 2017 (G.S. 163-231 (b). These ballots must be received by mail, commercial courier service, in person by the voter, or by the voters near relative by 5:00pm on this day.
One-Stop Absentee voting will begin on Thursday October 19, 2017 (G.S. 163-227.2) and it will end on Saturday November 4, 2017 at 1p.m. One-Stop sites will be available at two locations, the Macon County Board of Elections Office and the Highlands Civics Center. The Board of Elections Office is located on floor 1 of the Macon County Courthouse. The hours will be Monday-Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm. In addition to regular office hours the office will also be open on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00am until 1:00pm. The Highlands Civic Center will begin on October 26, 2017 and will end on November 4, 2017 at 1:00pm. The hours for Highlands One-Stop will be Monday-Friday from 9:00am until 4:00pm and Saturday November 4th from 9:00 until 1:00pm. If you do not vote Absentee by Mail or One-Stop you must go to your polling location on Election Day to vote. On Election Day the Town of Franklin voters will vote at the Town Hall, and the town of Highlands voters will vote at the Highlands Civic Center.
The Board of Elections will meet on each of the following dates at 3:30pm for the purpose of approving absentee ballots (if necessary): 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, and 11/6 at 5:00pm.
The Canvass meeting will be held in the Macon County Board of Elections Office on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:00am. There will be a hand count preformed in the Board of Elections office on November 8, 2017 at 11:00am per the choice of the State Board of Elections.
Electioneering is not allowed within 50 feet of the entrance door to the polling place.
If you have any questions regarding Election matters you may contact the Macon County Board of Elections Office at 828-349-2034 or you may visit the website at www.maconnc.org
Luke Bateman, Chairman of Macon County Board of Elections