Early Polls Top 7,200
Almost 700 people cast early ballots Wednesday, bringing the one-stop total to 7,253 in Columbus County.
Election Day is Tuesday, but many voters are not waiting for Nov. 8. Early voting goes on through Saturday at five polls in the county. All registered voters can cast a ballot at any poll, regardless of residency, during the early period. Voters must go to their home precinct if they wait until Tuesday.
Early polls are open until, 7:30 p.m. weeknights, and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.
On Wednesday, 671 voters went to the polls early. The elections office saw 303 ballots cast. Chadbourn had 104, Tabor City 98, Ransom 118, and Fair Bluff 48.
Early polls are located at the county elections office on U.S. 701 North of Whiteville; Chadbourn municipal annex; Ransom community center; Tabor City courthouse; and Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue.
State elections officials sent out a reminder Thursday morning (today) that totals on Election Night are unofficial tallies. The official vote tally won’t be available until Canvass Day on Nov. 18.
The state has tightened rules on aggressive campaigning outside of polling places, and voters who feel intimidated are encouraged to contact the chief of the polling place to file a complaint.
The State Board also said that equipment failure, power failures and other issues occur “during every election,” and “are not indications of malicious activity.” Polling hours can also be extended by the State Board if interruptions occur during the course of regular voting. Critics pointed to Gov. Roy Cooper’s last reelection win as the result of polls in Durham being held open later due to confusion about voter’s precincts. All votes cast after 7:30 p.m. must be provisional ballots, which are verified along with mail-in absentees after the regular results are tabulated.
Counting will not be stopped until all ballots have been tabulated across the state, the state board said. Totals upload to the state at the same time they do at local elections boards, so totals released by the state are up to date.
Candidates on local ballots include:
(Randy Williams is running as a write-in candidate)
Jon David (unopposed)
Clerk of Superior Court
Jess Hill (unopposed)
Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor
(Jerome McMillian is on the ballot, but withdrew from race)
Whiteville City Schools
Whiteville City Schools District 01
Anna Hall Richardson
Whiteville City Schools District 02
David flowers and Jason Elleby
House of Representatives
Charles Vinson Graham
N.C. Senate District 08
William “Bill” Rabon (unopposed)
N.C. House of Representatives District 046
Brenden Jones (unopposed)
N.C. District Court Judge Seat 01
Will Callihan (unopposed)
N.C. District Court Judge Seat 02 (Brunswick)
Bryan David Wilson
N.C. District Court Judge Seat 07 (Brunswick)
N.C. Supreme Court Justice Seat 05
Sam Ervin IV
Curtis Hudson Allen III
N.C. Supreme Court Justice Seat 03
N.C. Court of Appeals Seat 08
Julee Tate Flood
Carolyn Jennings Thompson
N.C. Court of Appeals Seat 09
Brad Andrew Salmon
N.C. Court of Appeals Seat 10
Gale Murray Adams
N.C. Court of Appeals Seat 11