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  • September 22, 2016

    OCDP Orange Peel - September 22, 2016

    Hughes Appointed to Hillary for America Victory Council

    Hillary for America’s Millennial Victory Council is a group of leaders volunteering their spare time, energy and expertise to help put Hillary in the White House in November. OCDP Chair Matt Hughes was appointed to HFA's Millennial Victory Council and joins several other young leaders across the country in advising the Clinton campaign on millennial outreach.

    Debate Watch Party

    The Orange County Democratic Party will be holding a Debate Watch Party for the first debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and her Republican opponent. The event will be Monday, September 26th at the Time-Out Sports Grill located at 1301 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill beginning at 8:30pm.

    Click here to RSVP

    District Court Judicial Candidates Forum

    The Orange County Democratic Party will also be sponsoring a candidate forum later this month on Thursday, September 29 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Lake Hogan Farms Clubhouse (101 Commons Way, Chapel Hill). This event will be moderated by OCDP Chair Matt Hughes and OCDP Vice Chair Susan Romaine.

    Wendy Davis and Gloria Steinem Coming to Orange County for Clinton Campaign

    Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis will be coming to the Democratic Coordinated Campaign Office tomorrow (Friday, September 23) at 1:30pm to help launch a phone bank and voter registration effort. The office is located at 209 East Main Street in Carrboro. Please RSVP using this link: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/KSAUAFGGCSYU4GLJ/

    Gloria Steinem will also be joining the Democratic Campaign Office on Saturday, September 24 at 1:00pm to help another volunteer shift launch. This event will also take place at 209 East Main Street in Carrboro. Please RSVP using this link: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/OFO4OTBELTZT6IID


  • September 01, 2016

    We have been communicating with our members about a push to expand early voting and how to get involved in that effort. Last week we notified you regarding issues that places Orange County’s early voting plan in limbo and now we need your help once more.

    The State Board of Elections will consider four plans from Orange County (one majority bi-partisan plan, two Republican plans, and one Democratic plan). The Orange County Democratic Party is supporting the Democratic Plan submitted by Jamie Cox, Democratic Member of the County Board of Elections. We believe that the Democratic Plan submitted by Jamie Cox is the most consistent with the values of a majority of voters in Orange County and the recent ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, including voters who have voiced their opinions directly to the County Board of Elections or through their elected officials.

    The State Board of Elections has opened a comment portal for folks to weigh in on plans that are coming before them at a recent meeting.

    You may comment on Orange County’s plan using the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenapyiJqjrDXDlCdcGy6Wosq1adtgKGrjNYzTPedbBIrXZyA/viewform.

    The points we would like our members to consider in their comments include:

    · 40% increase in total hours compared to the 2012 schedule to accommodate increase in turnout

    · Extended Evening Hours (most sites open until 7:30pm on weekdays and ALL sites open until 7:30 the last 3 weekdays)

    · All sites open on ALL weekend days of the Early Voting Period

    · Extended Saturday Hours (7:30am - 5pm all three Saturdays at all sites)

    · Sunday Hours (1pm - 5pm both Sundays at all sites)

    · The additional Site at University Place that will reach traditionally under-served communities, and accommodate increased turnout without overly burdening our existing staff.

    Please know that comments submitted through this form constitute a public record, cannot be made anonymously, and must be submitted by Monday, September 5th at 5pm.

    The full schedule of the Democratic Plan is detailed below.

    We will be back in touch about the scheduling of the State Board meeting to consider Orange County’s Early Vote plan.

    Democratically Yours,

    Matt Hughes, Chair
    Orange County Democratic Party

    Democratic (Cox) Plan Schedule:

    Board of Elections & Carrboro Town Hall

    9:00am – 5:30pm:  Weekdays Thursday 10/20 – Tuesday 11/1

    7:30am – 5:00pm:  Saturday 10/22;  Saturday 10/29;  & Saturday 11/5

    1:00pm – 5:00pm:  Sunday 10/23 & Sunday 10/30

    9:00am – 7:30pm:  Wednesday 11/2 – Friday 11/4


    Efland Ruritan Club, Seymour Senior Center,

    Chapel of the Cross, and University Place

    CLOSED:  Thursday 10/20 & Friday 10/21

    7:30am – 5:00pm:  Saturday 10/22;  Saturday 10/29;  & Saturday 11/5

    1:00pm – 5:00pm:  Sunday 10/23 & Sunday 10/30

    Noon – 7:30pm: Weekdays Monday 10/24 – Friday 10/28 & Tuesday 11/1

    Noon – 5:30pmMonday 10/31

    Noon – 7:30pmTuesday 11/1Thursday 11/3

    9:00am – 7:30pmFriday 11/4


    TOTAL HOURS:  739  (Including 219 Weekend Hours:  171 on Saturdays & 48 on Sundays)



    BOE & Carrboro Town Hall

    Efland Ruritan Club, Seymour Center, Chapel of the Cross, University Place

    Thurs 10/20

    9am – 5:30pm


    Fri 10/21

    9am – 5:30pm


    Sat 10/22

      ALL SITES OPEN 7:30am -  5pm

    Sun 10/23

    ALL SITES OPEN 1pm – 5pm

    Mon 10/24

    9am – 5:30pm

    Noon – 7:30pm

    Tues 10/25

    9am – 5:30pm

    Noon – 7:30pm

    Wed 10/26

    9am – 5:30pm

    Noon – 7:30pm

    Thurs 10/27

    9am – 5:30pm

    Noon – 7:30pm

    Fri 10/28

    9am – 5:30pm

    Noon – 7:30pm

    Sat 10/29

      ALL SITES OPEN 7:30am -  5pm

    Sun 10/30

    ALL SITES OPEN 1pm – 5pm

    Mon 10/31

    9am – 5:30pm

    Noon – 5:30pm

    Tues  11/1

    9am – 5:30pm

    Noon – 7:30pm

    Wed 11/2

    9am – 7:30pm

    Noon – 7:30pm

    Thurs 11/3

    9am – 7:30pm

    Noon – 7:30pm

    Fri 11/4

    ALL SITES OPEN 9am – 7:30pm

    Sat 11/5

    ALL SITES OPEN 7:30am -  5pm

  • August 23, 2016
    Democratic Women of Orange County 
    [formerly Orange County Democratic Women] 
    The History and the Future
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    6:30 to 8:30pm
    Carol Woods Retirement Community
    Multi-Purpose Room in Building 5
    750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC
    Our well-informed panel: 
    Marena Groll - a brief history of the ERA
    Lynette Hartsell - a perspective on the current HB2
    Ada Wilson Suitt - future prospects for women's rights
    Samantha Cabe - moderating   
    This inaugural meeting will include a general business session, 
    which will include collection of dues and donations, the election of officers, 
    and the opportunity to sign up to participate on committees. 
    As always, this meeting is open to women and men.
    Please be reminded that the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, 
    which confirmed the right of women to vote, was enacted on August 18, 1920. 

    DIRECTIONS to the Building 5 Multipurpose Room at Carol Woods Retirement Community, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

    Enter Carol Woods at the main entrance, continue straight. Park near the Main Building / Social Hall. 

    Enter the Main Building / Social Hall and turn right. 

    Walk past the gift shop, the main dining hall and up the ramp through the closed double doors. This is Building 5. 

    The Multi-purpose room is a short way ahead on the right. 

  • August 11, 2016

    Orange County Coordinated Campaign Office Opening

    Friday, August 12, 6:00pm- 9:00pm
    209 E Main Street, Carrboro

    Stop by to celebrate with us as we open our new office! The Orange County team is proud and excited to be opening an office right in downtown Carrboro.

    Join us on Friday evening to meet your local field organizers, volunteers, and other active members of this historic campaign.

    RSVP here!

  • July 21, 2016

    A week from today Hillary Clinton will formally accept the nomination of our party to become the 45th President of the United States. This is a historic achievement because for the first time in history a woman will lead the ticket of a major political party.

    The OCDP will be hosting a watch party next week to celebrate this historic achievement and kick off our general election push. It should be fun to watch this historic nomination with friends, fellow Democrats and some of our local candidates and office holders.

    Here are the details:

    R&R Grill
    137 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
    6:00pm to 11:00pm

    Click here to RSVP

    Also, five Democrats will be in Philadelphia next week. You can follow their adventures in Philly at http://dnc.orangedems.com.