Early voting numbers down
Early voting ends Saturday and as expected, numbers in our surrounding counties are down significantly from last year.
Oscar and Jane Grant are taking one last look at the candidates before they cast their votes. They decided to take advantage of early voting to avoid the lines on Election Day.
The Grants say they want to make sure to vote in this election because they feel strongly about certain issues like taxes and the annexation in Monkey Junction. But they don’t necessarily agree with each other.
“We have different views, but we each voice our own opinions,” Jane said.
Election workers tallied absentee ballots turned in from walk-in and mail-in voters. So far, Bladen County has just 51 votes; Brunswick totaled 1,050 ballots; Columbus has a little more than 160; 1,206 people have voted in New Hanover County; Pender has brought in 273 votes.
Election officials say this is what they expected.
“It’s not unusual for municipal elections to have a low turnout. Municipal elections just don’t tend to bring in the interest that your presidential and mid-term elections do,” said Bonnie Williams, the NHC Elections Director.
Election officials expect numbers to jump in the next few days as early voting wraps up. They encourage everyone to voice their opinion.
“This is the way that the voter is able to speak through the electoral process is through the ballot,” Williams said.
North Carolinians interested in taking advantage of early voting must be in line at their local board of elections office by 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Mail-in ballots must be received by the Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 2.
Election Day is next Tuesday.
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