Early voting numbers ahead of 2015 so far

Published 7:20 pm Monday, October 23, 2017

Slow and steady — that’s how Beaufort County elections officials describe the first two days of the early voting period for elections in the county’s seven municipalities.

Seventy-six voters marked ballots Thursday, followed by 53 voters Friday, for a total of 129 voters in the first two days of the period.

On the first day of early voting in the 2015 municipal elections, 53 voters marked ballots, followed by 31 voters on the second day of that period. That early voting period had eight days, compared to 13 days for the current early voting period, and 384 voters marked ballots during those eight days.

Kellie Harris Hopkins, elections director for Beaufort County, said the number of voters taking advantage of early voting this year likely will be larger than in the 2015 municipal elections because this municipal elections cycle comes a year after a presidential election. The board is not operating satellite early voting sites for the municipal elections, according to Hopkins. Municipalities pay the Beaufort County Board of Elections to conduct their elections. Operating satellite sites for early voting would increase their costs, she said.

Early voting resumes today at 8 a.m. at the Beaufort County Board of Elections, 1308 Highland Drive, Suite 104, Washington. The elections at the polls in Aurora, Bath, Belhaven, Chocowinity, Pantego, Washington and Washington Park are set for Nov. 7. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Election Day.

One-stop voting runs through Nov. 4 at the Beaufort County Board of Elections. Early voting (one-stop) will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4.

Oct. 31 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 7 elections, according to the N.C. Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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