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Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 17, 2011

Contact: Noah Ranells, Orange County Economic Development Office, (919) 245-2330

Manager Hired for Piedmont Food Processing Center

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Matthew Roybal will be the first manager for The Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center.   The center located in Hillsborough is scheduled to open for business in April 2011. 

Roybal, a resident of Hillsborough is a natural foods & culinary consultant.  He was introduced to the Orange County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, February 15.  Orange County is fiscal agent for and acting on behalf of Alamance, Chatham, and Durham Counties, the partner counties in this effort.  Bernadette Pelissier, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, welcomed Roybal and noted the importance of this project in developing the local food system and supporting local agricultural enterprises.  The Orange County Economic Development Department has been working with Cooperative Extension staff in all four counties, together providing leadership and critical staff support while developing this multi-county project.

Roybal brings important skills to the food center, including experience in small scale farming, specialty food product development, natural foods marketing, and food processing facility management.  He was a former ServSafe trainer and is currently ServSafe certified which enables him to ensure clients of the center follow food safety practices. 

While working for a national retail grocer, Roybal developed recipes for their food commissary and managed their gift basket program through an online store.  These skills are important to the entire project which seeks to serve as a food business incubator for local entrepreneurs and farmers.  More recently, Roybal was a consultant to the establishment of a local artisan culinary production facility. In addition to his food entrepreneurship skills, Roybal also worked on his family’s small farm in Kankakee, Illinois.  He was involved in all aspects of farm operation, from seed selection to harvest to marketing. 

Orange County Commissioner Barry Jacobs, longtime advocate for the value-added shared-use commercial kitchen and horticultural processing facility, spoke to Roybal just before the Tuesday night meeting.  “We are glad to have you working on this project,” Jacobs told Roybal. 

The $1.4 million dollar project has been funded by competitive grants from the Tobacco Trust Fund, the Golden Leaf Foundation, the US Housing & Urban Development – Economic Development Initiative program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant, the USDA / NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, and the Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Program managed by RAFI-USA. 

At the formal groundbreaking for the center last fall, US Representative David Price and NC Representative Dan Ingle both noted the positive aspects of supporting local food entrepreneurs and adding value to local farm products. 

Dr. Fletcher Barber, Agriculture Program Specialist with the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and former Orange County Extension Director, added that the project has been steadily progressing over the past 5 years.  “From feasibility study to design and construction, we are almost there,” Barber said. 

Roybal is ready to get to get started.  “I look forward to working more closely with the regional community of farmers and food artisans,” Roybal noted.  “The future of food is local,” he added. 

For more information on the Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center visit http://www.orangecountyfarms.org/ and click on ‘processing center’.

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 16, 2011

Contact: Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300

Crayton Appointed Tax Administrator for Orange County

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed Jenkins S. Crayton as Tax Administrator during its regular meeting last night (February 15, 2011).  He will start work with Orange County on March 1, 2011. 

As Tax Administrator, Crayton will be responsible for directing the daily activities and supervising staff of the Orange County Tax Office. The duties of the office include listing, assessing, and billing all taxable property in the County.   He will also be responsible for Emergency Management billing activities involving ambulance service and fire inspections. 

Crayton served as the Tax Director of Guilford County from 1997 to 2006.  Most recently he worked as a Project Manager for North Carolina Department of Transportation Information Technologies on a state-wide data conversion project for a vehicle taxation system for counties.  The project included visiting over 60 North Carolina counties, observing strengths and weaknesses in local vehicle tax systems.  In addition to his knowledge of tax regulations, he has demonstrated expertise in database design and the use of technology for system automation. 

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration for Furman University in Greenville, SC. 

Orange County Manager Frank Clifton is glad to have someone with a strong technology background, especially with the ongoing evolution of automated systems.  “We have someone who can hit the ground running!” Clifton said. 

Crayton told the Board he was ready to be part of the Orange County team.  “I’m looking forward to serving the people of Orange County,” Crayton said. 

Crayton will be replacing Jo Roberson, the current Orange County Tax Administrator, who had previously announced her plans to retire in the spring of this year. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 16, 2011

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners, (919) 245-2130

Applicants Needed for Orange County Board of Equalization and Review

HILLSBOROUGH, NC –One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting for the Orange County Board of Equalization and Review. This board hears appeals from citizens who are protesting assessed property values.  The Board of Equalization and Review is charged with ensuring that all taxable property is appraised according to the standards required by the General Statutes of North Carolina.

The Orange County Board of Equalization and Review will meet up to three days per week, for approximately three to four hours per meeting, for up to three consecutive months (April- June).  Members will be paid for all meetings attended.

Interested Orange County citizens with knowledge of real estate are encouraged to apply.  Other interested citizens will also be given consideration.  If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards

 

Select "Equalization and Review Board" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 30 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 11, 2011

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners, (919) 245-2130

Orange County Seeks Applicants for Animal Services Advisory Board

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

The Animal Services Advisory Board (ASAB) is charged to provide input and advice to the staff of the Animal Services Department.   Animal Services has animals available for adoption, and also partners with area rescue organizations to place as many animals as possible with loving homes.  The department also manages licensing and offers low-cost rabies clinics, spay/neuter programs and other services.

In addition, the department provides Animal Control services to the unincorporated portion of Orange County, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill.   Responsibilities include enforcing North Carolina General Statutes as well as County laws that apply to animals.

Presently, vacancies include a representative for the Town of Hillsborough, a representative of an animal welfare or rescue organization, and an at large representative.  If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards

Select "Animal Services Advisory Board" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 30 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 1, 2011

Contact: Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300

Shope Named Interim Director of Economic Development for Orange County

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, announced the appointment of Gary L. Shope as Interim Economic Development Director for Orange County starting today, February 1, 2011.

As the Interim Economic Development Director, Shope will be responsible for creating and implementing strategies to enhance and promote the economic well-being of Orange County.  He will also oversee the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor’s Bureau. 

Shope comes to Orange County with extensive background in recruiting businesses and corporations who offer jobs to area residents.  Beginning with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Shope recruited during an unprecedented period of global investment in North Carolina, particularly from the Far East, where he also became group manager for international business development.

Recognized as an innovator during more than 16 years at the Research Triangle Foundation, Shope nurtured an international network of corporate and professional alliances that helped advance the global reputation of the Research Triangle Park.  He served as vice president of the Research Triangle Foundation for 16 years attracting firms such Cisco Systems, Syngenta, Biogen Idec, Eisai, Credit Suisse, and Cree Semiconductor. 

His professional background includes positions in both the public and private sectors.  While working with The Sanford Holshouser Business Development Group, LLC, Shope provided leadership in economic advancement, including serving as a team member on the development of the initial “Mini-Hub” project for the Research Triangle Partnership. This project provided novel real estate solutions for the region’s technology-based recruitment effort. 

Shope's educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

“Gary’s proven track record of attracting a variety high tech firms to this region are skills Orange County can put to use today!  I believe he will do a great job as we reformulate our economic goals and programs.” Clifton said. 

Shope is excited about the new challenge.  “I’m confident that my experience in recruiting technology & knowledge based jobs and fostering entrepreneurship, fits well with the objectives of the Board of Commissioners to create well paying jobs and tax base enhancements in Orange County,” Shope said. 

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Planning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 31, 2011

Contact: Karen Lincoln, Planning and Inspections Department, (919) 245-2580

Orange County Holds Comprehensive Transportation Plan Workshop

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Orange County Planning Department, the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold a public information workshop on the development of the Orange County Comprehensive Transportation Plan.  The workshop will take place on Monday, February 7, 2011, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Orange County Public Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. Public input is encouraged. 

The Orange County Comprehensive Transportation Plan is a long-range, multi-modal transportation plan developed cooperatively with NCDOT, local planning organizations and representatives from Orange County.  The plan will be used to select future infrastructure improvements funded through federal and state programs. NCDOT staff will give brief presentations at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  

Exhibits will be on display showing potential roadway corridors, bicycle routes, transit options and pedestrian trails.  Planning staff will be available to answer questions. 

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Planning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 20, 2011

Contact: Craig Benedict, Planning and Inspections Director, (919) 245-2585

Orange County Receives $1.4 Million Grant for Efland Sewer

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County has received confirmation from the US EPA, with a Notice of Award, for a $1.4 million grant.  This grant relates to proposed sanitary sewer systems in Central Efland and North Buckhorn.  Representative David Price, US Congressman had added these funds to a special appropriations bill in 2003 and 2005 based on the collaboration of the Orange County Board of Commissioners and City of Mebane.

Orange County and City of Mebane elected officials have been meeting over the years to plan for the utility infrastructure in the area to service existing citizens and promote orderly growth.

The proposed sewer areas will service existing residents, churches and businesses, as well as, the potential for undeveloped nearby property.  The engineering design has been in progress for many years as it was undergoing environmental and permit review of federal and state officials.

There will be advertised community meetings in the coming months to discuss the status of the future construction projects and the opportunities for public sewer connection.

Orange County will be using these grant funds, bond monies and loans to complete the projects coming forward.  The revenue sources in total will be more than $4 million.

For additional information, contact Craig Benedict, Planning and Inspections Director, (919) 245-2585. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 20, 2011

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners, (919) 245-2130

Orange County Seeks Applicants for Orange Unified Transportation Board

HILLSBOROUGH, NC –One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

Orange Unified Transportation Board (OUTBoard) advises the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) by providing information and comments on major transportation issues and provides recommendations regarding the overall planning and programming of transportation improvements in the County. 

The major tasks of the OUTBoard are:

  • Identify and prioritize the County's roadway and transit needs along with associated costs and specific sources of funding;
  • Assist in development and review of the transportation component of the Comprehensive Plan;
  • Provide recommendations to the Board regarding Federal and State legislation affecting transportation in Orange County; and
  • Explore and make recommendations on Innovative techniques and methods to improve the efficiency and capacity of existing and future transportation systems.

The Board of Commissioners is currently seeking applicants to fill vacant seats in Cheeks and Little River Townships.  If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards

 

Select "Orange Unified Transportation Board" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 30 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 18, 2011

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners, (919) 245-2130

Orange County Seeks Applicants for the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

HILLSBOROUGH, NC –One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. With over 30 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

This 12-member Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee helps to maintain the intent of the Residents' Bill of Rights, promotes community involvement and provides public education on long-term care issues. The regional ombudsman with Triangle J Council of Governments provides specialized training and support.

Responsibilities of the committee

  • To apprise themselves of general conditions under which persons are residing in long-term care facilities
  • To assist persons with grievance resolution regarding residents' rights issues at facilities within the county
  • To make an official quarterly visit to each nursing home
  • To prepare reports as required by the North Carolina Division of Aging, citing specifically observed concerns and generally held long-term care issues
  • To serve as a nucleus for increased community involvement in the facilities
  • To promote community education and awareness of the needs of residents in long-term care facilities
  • To work toward keeping the public informed about aspects of long-term care and the operations of nursing homes in their county
  • Makes studies of Orange County and surrounding areas;
  • Determines objectives to be sought in the development of Orange County;
  • Proposes and recommends plans for achieving these objectives;
  • Develops and recommends to the Board of Commissioners policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Advises the Board of Commissioners concerning the use and amendment of means for carrying out plans;
  • Exercises such functions in the administration and enforcement of various means for carrying out plans as may be assigned by this or other ordinances of the County.

If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/index.asp

 

Select "Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 11, 2011 (2:50 p.m.)

Contact: David Hunt, Orange County Information Specialist, (919) 245-2126

Orange County Government Offices on Two Hour Delay Wednesday

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Based on current road conditions, predicted overnight temperatures and the strong potential for black ice on Wednesday morning, Orange County Government offices will operate on a two hour delay the morning of Wednesday, January 12, 2011.  Offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. are now scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m.  (This does not include the Orange County Court system.)

Recorded updates on operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County phone number at (919) 732-8181. 

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling on snow and ice.  Allow extra travel time on Wednesday morning. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 11, 2011

Contact: David Hunt, Orange County Information Specialist, (919) 245-2126

Orange County Government Offices Closed Tuesday

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Due to the continued precipitation and challenging travel conditions on Tuesday morning, Orange County Government offices will be closed Tuesday, January 11, 2011.  (This does not include the Orange County Court system.)

Recorded updates on operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County phone number at (919) 732-8181. 

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling on snow and ice.  Avoid travel if possible. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 10, 2011

Contact: David Hunt, Orange County Information Specialist, (919) 245-2126

Orange County Government Offices on Two Hour Delay Tuesday

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Based on continued precipitation, predicted overnight temperatures and challenging travel conditions on Tuesday morning, Orange County Government offices will operate on a two hour delay the morning of Tuesday, January 11, 2011.  Offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. are now scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m.  (This does not include the Orange County Court system.)

Recorded updates on operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County phone number at (919) 732-8181. 

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling on snow and ice.  Allow extra travel time on Tuesday morning. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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Human Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 6, 2011

Contact: James Spivey, Orange County Housing, Human Rights and Community Development, (919) 245-2488

Human Relations and Immigration Session

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Orange County Human Relations Commission will host a Human Relations Month Kick-Off on Sunday, January 30, 2011.  The event will run from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 North Greensboro Street in Carrboro. 

A panel discussion will cover the topic “A Community Conversation on Immigration: What are the Implications for Orange County and Its Residents”.  

Panelist for the discussion -

Keenon James is the Director of Special Projects at the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA).  He oversees the Association’s law enforcement training and technical assistance projects as well as provides guidance on state and national criminal justice and law enforcement policies.

Cristina Marcela Rivera was born and raised in El Salvador and moved, with her family, to the United States when she was eleven years old.  She graduated from East Chapel Hill High School and now attending Meredith College on full scholarship.

Marty Rosenbluth is an immigration attorney and the Executive Director of the North Carolina Immigrant Rights Project.  He is a nationally recognized expert on Secure Communities and 287(g) and has attended meetings both at the White House and ICE headquarters to discuss these programs with government officials.

Zaragosa Vargas is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He has written extensively about the Mexican American labor history and the Mexican American civil rights movement, which focus on race relations, politics, and labor.

The event is free and open to the public.  For additional information, contact James Spivey, 245-2488. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 4, 2011

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners, (919) 245-2130

Orange County Seeks Planning Board Applicants

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. With over 40 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

Applicants are needed for the Orange County Planning Board in the Little River Township.

The Orange County Planning Board is a 12-member board.  This board:

  • Makes studies of Orange County and surrounding areas;
  • Determines objectives to be sought in the development of Orange County;
  • Proposes and recommends plans for achieving these objectives;
  • Develops and recommends to the Board of Commissioners policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Advises the Board of Commissioners concerning the use and amendment of means for carrying out plans;
  • Exercises such functions in the administration and enforcement of various means for carrying out plans as may be assigned by this or other ordinances of the County.

The County is always looking for new applicants for the Planning Board; however, the Board of Commissioners is focusing currently on one vacant seat in the Little River Township.   The Board is especially seeking individuals who are interested in planning and development issues.  General planning knowledge is preferred, but not required.  You may apply online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

Select "Orange County Planning Board" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

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Planning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 4, 2011

Contact: Craig Benedict, Orange County Planning and Inspections Director, (919) 245-2575

Orange County Unified Development Ordinance Outreach

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – At the December 14, 2010 meeting, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners extended the County’s timeline for completion of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The extension will provide additional opportunity for public review.  An additional public outreach meeting has been scheduled for January 27, 2011 and the November 22, 2010 public hearing has been continued for February 28, 2011.  

Public Outreach – Planning Staff will hold a Public Outreach Meeting for the UDO on Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Orange County West Campus Office Building, Lower Level, 131 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough, NC.  If you have questions or are just interested in learning more, please attend. 

Quarterly Public Hearing – The November 22, 2010 Public Hearing on the UDO has been continued until February 28, 2011 to allow for additional public comments.  The continued Public Hearing begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Department of Social Services, Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo St., Hillsborough, NC.

For questions or additional information please contact the Orange County Planning and Inspections Department at (919) 245-2575.  Additional information, including the UDO document, is available on the Department’s website at: www.co.orange.nc.us/planning .

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Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 4, 2011

Contact: Tracy Reams, Orange County Director of Elections, (919) 245-2350

Orange County Contacts Inactive Registered Voters

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – On January 6, 2011, the Orange County Board of Elections will begin mailing no-contact voter cards and address confirmation cards to registered voters who have had no contact since the last two federal general elections. The cards will help identify those persons who have moved outside the county and who may no longer be eligible to vote using their existing voter registration record. 

To ensure an accurate and current voter registrations roll, it is vital that the voter card not be discarded should you receive a card in the name of another who does not reside at the address listed on the card.  Simply write “not at this address” and return.  No postage is required.  If the non-resident voter card is not returned by the U.S. Post Office, the non-resident will remain an active registered voter at that address.

In accordance with N.C. General Statute 163-82.14, List Maintenance is conducted each year following a federal general election to identify those active registered voters who have had no contact with the county board office since the registration cut-off of the federal general election prior to the last federal general election. 

The Orange County Board of Elections has identified a total of 10,493 voter registrants who have had no such contact.  A non-fowardable voter card will be mailed to the address appearing on the current voter record.  If the card is not returned to the board of elections office, no further action is taken and the registrant remains on the list of active registered voters.  If the voter card is returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service, the county board shall mail to the voter a forwardable address confirmation notice to the address on the current voter record. 

The forwardable address confirmation card includes a postage paid return card and requires a response from the voter.  If the forwardable address confirmation card is returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable, or the return card is not returned at all within thirty (30) days of the date the card was sent, the registrant will be listed as inactive. 

Inactive voters whose address is not verifiable using the U.S. Postal Service, will remain on the list of registered voters for a period scanning two federal general elections.  If there is no contact from the inactive registrant during the inactive period through two federal elections, the registrant is removed from the list of registered voters.

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