Beth Silberman and I decided to go to the meeting. When we arrived at the BOE the meeting room was almost full (about 15). There were people from many groups--League of Women Voters, You Can Vote, Democracy NC, students from local colleges, others groups, now--Durham Democratic Women.
The original plan from the Director had four locations (BOE and 3 libraries--North, South, and East) with voting beginning on October 23, both Saturdays closing at 1 pm and only one Sunday on the schedule. After the Board’s discussion seemed to be heading to accepting that plan, the audience started to speak up. They listened. We wanted sites at Duke and NCCU and an extended day on the first Saturday of Early Voting.
After lots of discussion (the Board was listening) they made adjustment. The plan still has four sites--BOE, North Library, South Library, and now, NCCU--and on Saturday, October 25, the sites will be open until 5 pm. We continued to try to add Duke as a site, but were not successful.
Quick mobilization worked! It was great to be there and know that our voices were made a difference.