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Early voting period concludes Saturday

Time is running out to vote early for the May 8 primary.

Beaufort County voters may mark ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at four sites. For voters who choose to vote on Primary Day, the polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Ballot marking is taking place at four sites during the last two days of the 17-day early voting period. Those sites are at the Beaufort County Board of Elections office, 1308 Highland Drive, Suite 104, Washington and three satellite locations — Aurora, Belhaven and Chocowinity. The Aurora site is at the Aurora Community Building, 442 Third St. The Belhaven site is at the John A. Wilkinson Center, 144 W. Main St. The Chocowinity site is at the Chocowin­ity Volunteer Fire Depart­ment, 512 N.C. Highway 33 East.

As of Thursday evening, 1,740 voters had market ballots, or 5.28 percent of the county’s 32,972 voters. Absentee ballots are not included among the early voting ballots marked at the Board of Elections office or the satellite sites. Absentee ballots, which are still arriving at the board’s office, will be counted next week.

There are four primary races in the county this election cycle: the Democratic and Republicans primaries to choose each party’s nominee for Beaufort County sheriff, the Democratic primary to choose that party’s nominee in the contest for the District 79 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives and the contest for candidates seeking to be the Republican nominee for in the race for North Carolina’s 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The winner of the Democratic primary for state House District 79 — which has Jerry Langley, a Beaufort County commissioner, taking on Bryson Kiel Jones, a Craven County resident — faces Republican Keith Kidwell in the Nov. 6 general election. James Chesnutt, citing personal reasons, withdrew as a candidate in the Republican primary to choose the GOP nominee for the District 79 seat last month.

The three Democrats seeking to be their party’s nominee for sheriff are William Chrismon, Petre E. Franks and Al J. Whitney. The winner of that primary faces the winner of the Republican primary, which has incumbent Ernie Coleman facing a challenge from Donald Dixon.

This primary season, only one congressional contest appears on a Beaufort County ballot — the GOP primary to pick that party’s nominee to represent the state’s 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. That contest has incumbent Walter B. Jones Jr. facing challenges from Phil Law and Scott Charles Dacey. The winner of that contest moves on to the general election and faces no Democratic opposition.



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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