• Jefferson Weaver

Early Votes Top Ten Percent

• Note: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect date.

One-stop polls are on course for topping more than ten percent of the county’s registered voters by close of business today (Wednesday).

The latest one stop tallies showed a big jump from 2,840 on Monday to 3,536 at the end of the day Tuesday. The county has just over 36,000 registered voters over all in October, state figures show.

The main one stop site – the county Board of Elections Office – saw the largest jump Tuesday. More than 400 ballots were cast there Tuesday Fair Bluff’s early site had the fewest new voters, with only 30 additional ballots cast. Ransom saw 90 new ballots, Tabor city 111, and Chadbourn 129.

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.

Early voting continues through Nov. 5. During the week, polls are open 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 4, the last day of early voting, polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 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.

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