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Early Voting Begins Thursday - Brevard NC

 

Don Mozley, a member of the Transylvania County Board of Elections testing team, has conducted logic and accuracy testing over the past two weeks to ensure each voting machine is ready for the one-stop early voting period and May 6 Primary. One-stop early voting begins Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

Transylvania County voters will have two one-stop early voting sites open to them when early voting begins Thursday.

The change is an effort by the Transylvania County Board of Elections to ensure that voters have as much access to voting as offered in the past even though changes in state law reduces the number of days counties can offer one-stop early voting, according to a press release from the board.

During the most recent legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers reduced the one-stop early voting period from 17 days to 10 days, with the stipulation that early voting sites still be open as many cumulative hours during the shortened period as had previously been available.

"Some counties in other parts of the state requested a reduction in hours, but that didn't meet the needs of the voters in our county," said Transylvania County Elections Board Chairman David P. Morrow. "Most of the votes cast in recent elections have been during early voting, so we had to look at options to best serve Transylvania voters."

The Elections Board plan adds Rosman Town Hall as a one-stop site in addition to the Transylvania County Library. In past even-numbered year elections, one-stop early voting operated out of the old county library building at the corner of Broad and Morgan streets. With that building under renovation, the board worked with county administration to relocate to the library's Rogow Room.

Early voting ends Saturday, May 3. Each site will be open weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Neither site will be open on Sundays.

"We are excited to have two sites available to the voters and to have a schedule that accommodates voters outside of normal work hours," said Morrow. "We think this plan accommodates all voters in the county."

The primary is Tuesday, May 6. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters cast their ballots at their precinct polling location on that day.

The Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican parties each have primaries on May 6.

Voters affiliated with a party will receive their party's ballot. Unaffiliated voters must select a party ballot or receive a nonpartisan ballot.

For additional information, contact the Transylvania County Board of Elections at http://www.transylvaniaelections.org or call 884-3114. The Elections Office is located at 221 S. Gaston St., Brevard.

 
 

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