• Jefferson Weaver

Early Polls Stay Hot in Columbus

Early voting continues to stay busy in Columbus County.

As of Monday, Board of Elections figures show 2,839 ballots cast at the five one stop polls open in the county. That number jumped more than 800 on Monday. The county has a total of 36,829 voters, according to the State Board of Elections.

The Whiteville location at the county elections office continues to see the strongest turnout, followed by early polls at Chadbourn, Tabor City, Ransom, and Fair Bluff.

Early voting continues through Nov. 4. Polls will be open this Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Any registered voter may cast a ballot at any one stop poll during early voting. Unregistered voters may also register, and use a provisional ballot during early voting, but not on Election Day.

Election Day is Nov. 8.


The most recently updated demographics for Columbus only take into account around 36,200 registered voters. Of those, Democrats make up 15,283, Republicans 10,088, Unaffiliated 10,696, and Libertarian 105. The Green and Constitution parties had no registered voters in the county at this writing.

Broken down by race, Whites totaled 22,027, followed by 10,341 Black voters; 938 Native Americans; 2,866 “other” and 405 Latino.

More females (18,474) than males (15,580) were registered.

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