Polling places change: New filing period for US House
Published 12:21 pm Monday, February 29, 2016
Some Beaufort County voters will use new polling places for the March 15 primaries.
The North Creek precinct polling place was switched from the Winsteadville Community Center to the Bethany United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall. The church is located at 2766 S. Savannah Road, Belhaven. The Edward precinct polling place switched from the Edward Volunteer Fire Department to the fellowship hall at Edward Christian Church, 23 S. Academy St., Edward.
Affected voters have been mailed notices concerning the changes, according to the Beaufort County Board of Elections. The other polling places in the county remain the same.
The changes were made by the Beaufort County Board of Elections to provide voters with larger polling places, said Anita Bullock Branch, the county’s deputy director of elections. The Edward fire station had no heating or air-conditioning in the voting area, she noted.
In other elections-related business, candidates who filed in December to run in the U.S. House of Representative primaries originally set for March 15 will have to file again, according to Kelly Harris Hopkins, elections director for Beaufort County. Earlier this month, the North Carolina General Assembly moved the U.S. House primaries to June 7 as the result of court-ordered redrawing congressional districts in the state.
“I would think they would have to refile. They’d have to refile because the districts are different,” Hopkins said Friday. “I can’t be 100 percent sure because the statute doesn’t say it, but I would think since that would make new people file that the ones that have filed would need to fill the paperwork out again. … They’d have to file under the current maps, so I’m 99.9 percent sure they would have to do that.”
The rest of the March 15 primaries will proceed as planned, but votes for U.S. House candidates would not count, under the plan approved by the Legislature. A new filing period — March 16 to March 25 — would be opened for U.S. House candidates. Under the plan, the candidate receiving the most votes in each district would automatically win his or her respective June 7 primary and would not have to receive at least 40 percent of the votes cast, currently the law.