Early voting period ends Saturday

Published 10:03 pm Sunday, October 29, 2017

Six days remain in the early voting period for the 2017 municipal elections in Beaufort County.

Voting resumes Monday at the Beaufort County Board of Elections, 1308 Highland Drive, Suite 104, Washington. 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. Saturday.

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.

By Friday, 348 voters had marked ballots during the first seven days of this year’s early voting period, one less vote than in the first seven days of the 2015 early voting period. So far this early voting period, the highest voter turnout occurred Thursday when 54 voters market ballots, according to Beaufort County Board of Elections data.

“Municipal elections typically have lower turnout than state and federal contests, and we encourage all voters to participate in choosing their local leaders,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. “For those who missed the regular registration deadline, the 17-day early voting period offers a chance to register and vote.”

Tuesday 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.

“During the early voting period, any registered voter can cast an absentee ballot in person. Early voting also offers ‘same-day registration,’ allowing eligible individuals who aren’t yet registered in their county of residence to register and vote at the same time at any early voting location in their county,” according to the state board.

During the early voting period, a person may register to vote and mark a ballot the same day.

To use same-day registration, a person must complete a voter registration application and show an election official proof of his address in the county. This “proof of address” may consist of one of the following: North Carolina driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document showing the voter’s name and address.


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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