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We work to elect those whose ideas, policies and mission are to create good jobs and an economy that works for everyone, to provide a quality education from pre-k through college, to protect the civil rights of all people, and to build strong communities across our state where people have access to affordable healthcare and clean air and drinking water. Simply put - we believe in equality, opportunity, and prosperity for all.

Latest News

  • August 20, 2019

     

    The Orange County Board of Elections is proposing a number of changes to precinct lines in order to improve the voter registration and Election Day voting experiences for our county's residents. 

     

    "Pursuant to Session Law 2019-16, the Orange County Board of Elections has taken up an offer from the North Carolina State Board of Elections to evaluate our current precincts lines and make recommendations to the State Board of Elections for any changes," said Jamie Cox, Orange County Board of Elections Chair.

     

    "As a county where a majority of our voters cast their ballots during the One Stop Early Voting period, we want to use this opportunity to make sure that our precincts are drawn in a way that provides the most convenient experience for our voters while optimizing use of public resources. We want to make sure that changes are beneficial without being overly disruptive.

     

    "We are committed to conducting this process in an open, transparent way, and hope to hear the thoughts of as many stake-holders throughout the county as possible to ensure all voices are heard."

     

    The Orange County Democratic Party will host a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 26 at 5:30 pm with Board of Elections staff to answer questions about these changes.

    Interested participants can attend this meeting by registering - here.

     

    The Board of Elections will host a public forum on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. at elections headquarters (208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough, NC 27278). Board members and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

     

    The proposed changes are available on the Orange County website and may impact numerous precincts.  Public comment will be accepted until noon on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

  • August 16, 2019
    We have several openings, including 2 new Officer positions (RSVP by August 30). Find out more here.
  • July 29, 2019

     

    The OCDP County Executive Committee, by acclaim, has elected Phyllis Portie-Ascott to the OCDP State Executive Committee, and John Ferguson to the NC House District 50 Executive Committee.

    Phyllis currently serves as Secretary, Northern Orange NAACP and Member, Orange County Schools Equity Task Force. Phyllis also studies Clinical Pastoral Education at Shaw University Divinity School and is a leader in the Northern Orange Black Voters’ Alliance.

    John currently serves as 2nd Vice Chair, Orange County Democratic Party and as Member, Orange County State Executive Committee. John served as a Consultant with the NC Association of Educators for 15 years, and taught for 17 years in the Caswell County Public School system. John has also served as past Chair, Northern Orange Black Voters’ Alliance.

  • July 26, 2019
     
    Precinct officials will play a crucial role in 2019 an 2020 in ensuring our voting process functions properly in Orange County.
     
    If you are interested to serve, please visit our Precinct Judge/Assistant Interest Form here.
     
    You will find a link for the NC eligibility requirements, duties and compensation for precinct officials.
    To proceed for consideration, please complete no later than Thursday, August 1, end of the business day.
  • July 17, 2019

     

    The Orange County Democratic Party strongly condemns language, behavior and policy that seeks to sow division and animus based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, place of birth or immigration status.

     

    This week, we have again suffered hateful, un-American language from our own president. Such language is abhorrent and racist.

    Those who justify or defend it deserve to be confronted with the reality that it is patently unacceptable. Americans will also remember political leaders who remain silent in the face of such offense when it comes time to vote.

     

    Finally - such moments are a time to examine our own implicit biases. Here in North Carolina and Orange County, we can work together to act locally - and fight for a more equitable community.

    With your help and support, we endeavor to build an OCDP that is up to the challenges of doing that work.

     

    Marilyn Carter, Chair

    Orange County Democratic Party