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Chatham Unit

Chatham Unit Members On the Move

Chatham Unit Meeting

Monday, March 5, 2018 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

Chatham County Community Library
197 NC Hwy 87 N
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Holmes Meeting Room

Join the Chatham league members in planning for Unit Voter Services activities during the 2018 election campaign. Meeting Agenda

Contact Pat Daniels ( for more information.

Summary of the November and December Chatham County Local Government Meetings

The Chatham County Unit of the League of Women Voters is requesting volunteers to participate in the Observer Corps Program for 2018.

This a new activity to communicate to all members more about what is going on in our county, and how the local government meetings address important issues that affect all of us. Detailed Information regarding this program can be obtained by contacting Pat McDaniels at

  • Please contact respective Boards to confirm day and time for future meetings.

Sign up for electronic notification of meetings.

Of immediate importance: Candidate Filing for the 2018 election is February 12-28 !!


Chatham County Board of Elections Meetings

December 19, 2017

Because of the pending lawsuit, the previous Board members have continued to serve: Roger Gerber, Craig Bray and Laura Heise. Pandora Paschal, the Board of Elections Director, presented the agenda items. Planning is under way for the Primary Election on May 8. Early voting will begin April 19 and end May 5. The Board Discussed several sites for early voting, which again will be done in a mobile unit. In 2014, the last non-presidential voting year, Chatham County had 4,144 early voters. The Board also discussed potential polling places in Siler City. In addition, they reviewed usage agreements for private buildings as polling places in rural precincts, where there are no public buildings. Finally, the Board discussed its space needs in the new Pittsboro Town Hall, scheduled to open in 2020.

Chatham County Board of Commissioners Meetings'

January 16, 2018

The Board is continuing to search out early voting sites, one being the Northeast Chatham Park on Big Woods Road. Commercial sites are unavailable because the 17-day early voting period is inconvenient for public facilities. The current Board members will continue to serve until there is a state Board that can appoint new members. Potential members have been attending most meetings. The new Board will consist of four members: two new Republicans and two Democrats. The Board is examining a mobile polling station to rent for the May primary and November general elections. There are infrastructure issues to be thoroughly examined before final decision is made. Other options are being considered as well as leasing the double-wide trailer used in 2016 for Early Voting in the northeast part of the county. The Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5pm.

November 20, 2017

The meeting took place in the Pittsboro Historic Courthouse Courtroom. All commissioners were present. The County Capital Improvement Plan was open to public discussion after the City Manager gave a presentation on the salient points. No vote was taken at this time. A vote is expected at the next meeting. The Brunch Bill allowing restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday starting at 10 am passed. Considerable time was spent on two waiver requests from Briar Chapel. One passed allowing a buffer relocation. The other waiver request involved moving a stream crossing and did not pass. This was referred to the Environmental Review Advisory Board for further study. The Comprehensive Land Use Plan passed with a unanimous vote.

The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Board of Commissioners will be held on February 19, 2018 at 6pm at the Historic County Courthouse in Pittsboro.

Chatham County Board of Education Meetings'

Nothing to report at this time.

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday February 12, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Jordan-Matthews High School, 910 E Cardinal St, Siler City.

Contact Pat Daniels ( for more information.

Chatham County: 2017 State of the County Report

On October 16, 2017, Chatham County Commissioner Chairman Jim Crawford presented the 2017 State of the County Report during the regular meeting of the full board. The report includes major highlights of the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017.

Among the achievements covered in the report:

  • Development of the 25-Year Comprehensive Plan, expected to be adopted later this fall
  • Preparation of the two large industrial megasites to enhance their marketability
  • Grand opening of the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center
  • Progress with several future education facilities
  • Department leadership changes
  • Enhancements in online access for the public
  • Key awards and honors
  • Major collaborations
  • Other highlights from departments and offices

Full State of the County Report (pdf version)

Chatham Voices for Justice

Chatham Voices for Justice (CVJ) is a grassroots, progressive organization of volunteers in Chatham County, North Carolina that works to promote equal rights and equal participation in our democracy for all county residents.