Polk County

We are the Polk County Democratic Party, the chartered affiliate of the North Carolina Democratic Party. We represent the political interests of Polk County Democrats, not only through direct political action, but also through community service.

The party headquarters is located at 64 Ward Street in Columbus, behind the courthouse and between the Sheriff’s Department and the Post Office.

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Early Voting Report…the most critical election of our lifetime.


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Early Voting Report…the most critical election of our lifetime.

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          Events      

Women’s Club Fundraising Breakfast 

Saturday, Nov 3         8-10:00 am   
Democratic Headquarters, Columbus
Last breakfast of the year.
   Minimum Donation $5 
 Come eat & go to Early Voting
if you haven’t voted!
              

Election Night Returns Watch Party
7:30pm until
Democratic Headquarters
    Everyone welcome  


Early Voting Continues!

Today   thru
Saturday November 3

Mon – Fri     7am -7pm
Saturdays  8am -1pm 
(Oct. 20 & 27 and Nov 3)

* One Location *
Elections Office
Second floor of Womack Building

(across from old courthouse in Columbus)
Board of Election  (828) 894-8181

Election Day Tuesday, Nov 6!
All 7 Polling Sites open
6:30 am until 7:30 pm

Call the 
Polk Board of Election
at (828) 894-8181
to find you polling location.


Early Voting Report
 

After eleven days of Early Voting, 3,900 people have voted.  In addition, 182 Absentee Ballots have not yet returned.
       
28% of Democrats, 23% of Republicans, and 23% of Unaffiliated voters have voted.  This shows that Democrats are enthusiastic, but we have to do even better since there are fewer of us here is Polk County.  Currently, there have been 100 more Republican voters come out than Democrats and 50 more Unaffiliated voters than Republican voters.  425 more women have voted than men.  

We have had great volunteers and candidates outside the Womack Building greeting voters with pocket ballots.  Reports of the encounters with voters have been pretty positive overall.

Please talk to every Democrat you know about how critical this election is to our country and how important every vote is. Ask them what their plans are for voting.  We have 5 more days of Early Voting and then Election Day.  

Important Voting Information
1. If you are unsure what precinct you are in or where your polling site is located,
     call and ask the 
Polk Board of Election at (828) 894-8181.  They will be         happy to tell  you.
2. If you are in line to vote at 7:30 pm, you will be allowed to vote.
 
3.  For information, help, or if anyone has trouble voting or at the polling sites, they should call:
Pat Salomon (864) 384-5076
Margaret Parker (864) 266-8273
To avoid problems,
vote in Early Voting. 


 


Tell everyone you know 

Protect our NC Constitution
and
Vote “Against”
All Six Amendments


Help our local Party thrive.  
Donate securely any time by visiting our website 
polkncdemocrats.org 
and clicking on the DONATE button at the top.  
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Polk Early Voting Numbers so far!


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Polk Early Voting Numbers so far!

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          Events      

AAUW  Women Candidates Forum
Monday, Oct 22     1:30 pm  
Tryon Presbyterian Church
(across for Harmon Field)
 

Last Postcard to Voters Party!
Tuesday, Oct 23rd      4 – 5:30 pm
Democratic Headquarters

Annual Fall Rally
Saturday, Oct 27  4:30 – 6:30 pm 
Harmon Field Cabin, Tryon
Free BBQ Dinner and Meet our Candidates
Everyone is Welcome!


Early Voting Continues!

Monday Oct 22
thru
Saturday November 3

Mon – Fri     7am -7pm
Saturdays  8am -1pm 
(Oct. 20 & 27 and Nov 3)

* One Location *
Elections Office
Second floor of Womack Building

(across from old courthouse in Columbus)
Board of Election  (828) 894-8181

 


Early Voting Numbers!
 

After four days of Early Voting, here are the turnout results:
Dems          Reps          Unas               Total
 523              514             571                 1623

 
There are also 183 Absentee Ballots that have not been returned yet.

These numbers are very encouraging and, as you can see, we are holding our own. But we need everyone’s help….  Please ask ever Democratic and Dem leaning Unaffiliated voter you know if they have voted and if not, what their plans for voting are!  Personal contacts work!

 Very Important Voting Information
1.  When voting, remember to check the paper roller printout as you touch the screen to select your candidates.  Sometimes the machine gets out of calibration and prints the wrong candidate on the paper roll. This has happened in our county and if this happens to you, immediately notify the elections staff so they can re-calibrate that machine.

2. If you know people who may have registered since the last election, encourage them to go to Early Voting. DMV and Social Services computer errors have been reported that keep voter registration information from being sent to the Board of Elections. During Early Voting, if their name does not appear on the voting rolls, they can register and vote right then.  They can only vote on a previsional ballot on election day.

3.  For information, help, or if anyone has trouble voting or at the polling sites, they should call:

Pat Salomon (864) 384-5076
Margaret Parker (864) 266-8273
To avoid problems,
vote in Early Voting. 


 


Tell everyone you know 

Protect our NC Constitution
and
Vote “Against”
All Six Amendments


Help our local Party thrive.  
Donate securely any time by visiting our website 
polkncdemocrats.org 
and clicking on the DONATE button at the top.  
Thanks!


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Hang on. There’s hope in voting…and it starts next week.


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Hang on. There’s hope in voting…and it starts next week.

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          Events      

Polk County Candidates Forum
Wednesday, Oct 10th       6:30 pm

Polk County High School Auditorium
Our candidates need you to be there!

Postcards to Voters Party
Thursday, October 11th    4 – 5:30 pm
Headquarters in Columbus

 Saluda Town Hall with Sam Edney
NC House candidate

Thursday, October 11th    6 -7:30 pm
Saluda Senior Center    64 Greenville St.

Meet Chrelle Booker

                      Commissioner Candidate                       SaturdayOctober 13th

10 am – Sunny View Elementary School

 1 pm – Green Creek Community Center

 

Please help us put out campaign signs.
Pick them up at the Democratic Headquarters.


Early Voting Begins Next Week!

Wednesday, Oct 17th
thru
Saturday November 3rd

Mon – Fri     7am -7pm
Saturdays  8am -1pm 
(Oct. 20 & 27 and Nov 3)

* One Location *
Elections Office
Second floor of Womack Building

(across from old courthouse in Columbus)
(828) 894-8181

 


Important Voting Information 
 

1.  The last day to register to vote is 5pm Friday, Oct. 12th. BUT people can register to vote or change any personal voter information during Early Voting. You cannot register to vote on Election Day.
 
2.  You will only be asked to show an ID if you are a new Polk County registered voter and you did not provide the last 4 numbers of your social security number or drivers license number when you registered or if the number you provided when you registered did not match what the DMV has in their record.
Otherwise, you do not have to show an ID to vote in this election.
                                                                                                                              
3. Voting by mail (Absentee Voting) To request an absentee ballot you can:             
                  1. Download the application form at:                                                                                 
http://www.polknc.org/docs/Elections/Absentee_Ballot_                   
                  2.  Call the Board of Elections office at 894-8181 and ask
                       them to mail you an application.
                  3. Go by the Board of Elections office on the 2nd floor of the
                      Womack Building in Columbus and complete an application.
Once the Board of Elections office receives your application, they will mail you a        paper ballot so you can vote.  No ID is required, but you must have two            witnesses sign the back of the ballot envelope before mailing it in. Use a $.50 stamp to mail the ballot back.  You can also hand deliver your ballot or have the ballot delivered by a near relative to the Elections office at the Womack building.
 
4.   Early Voting is the best way to make sure your vote will be counted!              With Early Voting, there is time to clear up any issues that may arise (such as not voting at the right precinct).  If you wait until Election Day to vote, this may not be possible.  Also, unforeseen situations, such as an illness or hospitalization, could prevent you from being able to vote on Election Day.
 
 5.  Curb Side Voting is available during Early Voting at the Womack Building in Columbus and at each of the seven polling sites on Election Day, Nov. 6th You will be ask to sign an statement saying you have difficulty walking into the polling site or standing at the voting machine or some other disability. A paper ballot will be brought to your car for voting.
 
To avoid problems,
vote in Early Voting. 


 

We had the biggest crowd of the year at last Saturday’s fundraising breakfast.  There were lots of new people and we doubled our donations!  Thanks to everyone who came and to those who worked so hard to feed everyone!


Help our local Party thrive.  
Donate securely any time by visiting our website 
polkncdemocrats.org 
and clicking on the DONATE button at the top.  
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15 days ’til Early Voting -Some things to know


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15 days ’til Early Voting -Some things to know

Amendments, Judicial Candidates and Events<!–


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Anita Earls was appointed in 1998 by President Clinton to serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, with responsibility for the voting, education, disability rights, and federal coordination and compliance sections. From 2000 to 2003, she directed the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. For the first ten years of her career, Anita was in private practice, litigating voting rights, police misconduct, school desegregation, and employment discrimination cases. https://earls4justice.com
 
Judge John Arrowood was appointed to serve on the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Governor Roy Cooper in April 2017.  He previously served on the Court from 2007 to 2008 after being appointed by Governor Mike Easley.  Over the course of his service, Arrowood has authored opinions, concurrences, or dissents in over 100 cases. Prior to his appointment to the Court he served as a Special Superior Court Judge.  Earlier in his career, Arrowood clerked for NC Court of Appeals Judge Gerald Arnold and also served as a  staff attorney and head of the Court’s central staff.
http://keepjudgearrowood.org
 

Allegra Collins, an Appellate attorney and Campbell Law School Professor, is seeking election to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She received her law degree from the Campbell University School of Law and is the founder of Allegra Collins Law. She practices regularly before the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.  Collins is the Director of the Externship Program at Campbell Law School and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee.
https://www.allegracollins.com

Toby Hampson served as law clerk on the North Carolina Court of Appeals under Judge K. Edward Greene, Judge Wanda Bryant, and Judge Bob Hunter. The North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization certifies him as a specialist in Appellate Practice. Toby was named as a Top 100 Super Lawyers in North Carolina by Super Lawyers Magazine and named Top Rated Appellate Attorney by North Carolina Super Lawyers.
https://tobyhampsonforjudge.com


FIGHT BACK AGAINST DISHONEST AMENDMENTS
TO THE NC CONSTITUTION.

They might sound good at first, but it’s important to dig deeper.

These proposed constitutional amendments range from unnecessary to dangerous, with little known about the details, the costs, and how many North Carolinians will be discriminated against in the process. What we do know is that many of these proposals are ones we’ve seen before, including amendments that:

  • give the legislature unprecedented control over our elections;
  • let legislators handpick judges who would rubber stamp their agenda;
  • allow lawmakers to discriminate against voters based on race for political gain; and
  • give tax breaks to the rich and corporate interests at the expense of working families.

As a result, all 5 living North Carolina Governors and all 6 living N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justices have voiced opposition to the amendments and dozens of constitutional experts and media outlets have already editorialized against them.

https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorialsl
https://nixallsix.com
 


 Events
Everyone is welcome to all events and bring a friend!

Postcards to Voters Party
Thursday, October 4th      4 – 5:30 pm
We will be stuffing envelopes as well!
Headquarters in Columbus

Women’s Club Fundraising Breakfast 
Saturday, Oct 6th       8-10:00 am   

Democratic Headquarters, Columbus
Help us help our candidates!  
            Minimum Donation $5                   
     Everyone welcome     
         Voter 2 Voter Volunteers Meet-up!
Sunday, Oct 7th        5-6:30 pm
Share tips and experiences and ask questions. 
Soup and cornbread will be served.
Democratic Headquarters

Polk County Candidates Forum
Wednesday, Oct 10th       6:30 pm

Polk county High School Auditorium
Come support our candidates!

Be sure to pick up campaign
signs when you come to events!


 The Vote, Part III: Saving Democracy                  By James Hrynyshyn

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Every two years, Americans are offered a chance to hit the reset button on government. This time around neither the President nor the state governor are on the ballot, and we’ll also have to wait another two years to address whatever deficiencies our members of the U.S. Senate have demonstrated. For some reason, these kinds of elections attract significantly fewer voters. Yet an awful lot of political careers are still on the line, including those every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and those of both chambers of the state legislature.  Read More


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Corrections and Updates to candidates’ events this week


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Corrections and Updates to candidates’ events this week

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Candidate Events
Everyone is welcome to all events and bring a friend!
 
 
Thursday, Sept. 27th
David Wheeler for NC Senate
House Party Hosted by Jeff and Helen Byrd
4pm     11 Freeman Hill Ct.   Tryon
* Please note correct time

Sam Edney for NC House
Town Hall 
6 PM The Meeting Place Senior Center
75 Carmel Land    Columbus

Saturday, Sept. 29th

Meet Chrelle Booker 
10 AM – Saluda Public Library

1 PM – Polk County Public Library

B J Bayne for Sheriff
5-7 PM   Meet and Greet  
Hosted by Chris and Linda Tinkler
191 Freeman Hill, Tryon
Please RSVP on Facebook at Polk NC Democrats

 

David Wilson Brown for US House 
Reception Hosted by Andy and Sharon Millard
6:30 PM    69 Oak Ridge Circle      Columbus


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