Vote YES on Buncombe County’s Housing Bond
Buncombe County voters approved the housing bond on November 8, 2022.
How Can I Help?
1. Make a Plan to Vote
Are you registered to vote? Do you know where your local polling place is? Or do you need to request an absentee ballot?
Make a plan to vote and be sure that you are prepared. You can visit North Carolina’s State Board of Elections website for information and resources.
For information on early voting in Buncombe County, click here.
2. Talk to Your Friends, Family, Co-Workers, and Neighbors
Once you have a plan to vote, make sure that the people that you interact with regularly do too. And make sure that they’re informed about the housing bond.
3. Get a Yard Sign
You can request a yard sign here, and it won’t cost you a thing.
(The yard sign comes courtesy of Campaign for Buncombe’s Future, and promotes both of the two bonds up for referenda.)
4. Write a Letter to a Newspaper
Writing to one of our local newspapers doesn’t take long and can help spread the word about the importance of the housing bond.
You can reach Mountain Xpress by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and you can submit a letter to the Citizen Times here.
Why Bother with a Letter to the Editor?
For most voters, getting information about who and what to vote for each election day isn’t an intuitive or easy process. For these voters, it’s not about trying to convince people to change their made-up minds. (That strategy doesn’t usually work.) It’s about helping those voters to educate themselves.
There’s another reason we should make a habit to send letters. A very small minority of people write letters to the newspapers, and that minority skews older, wealthier, and whiter. Their letters present minority positions and yet they read as if they were the dominant opinions in Asheville and Buncombe County. This can be dispiriting to a lot of our neighbors, and it also contributes to a skewed picture of what is politically possible.
By adding our own voices, we can help people see what the alternatives to the status quo are, and give them some confidence that other people believe that change is needed as much as they do.
Some Letter Writing Tips
Be straightforward and stick to the point. You want to aim for 250 words.
Remember, it’s not enough to say that you support something. You need to explain why you support it.
Consider using the talking points on the previous pages. But make the letter your own, and if you have a personal story, feel free to share it.
Did You Write a Letter?
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