Local Officials Report Smooth Election Process – Transylvania County, NC
Last updated 11/4/2020 at 5:39pm
Despite an Election Day unlike any in local history, and with the presidential election still up for grabs, local election officials say things went smoothly in Transylvania County.
“We were very pleased with the processes in place for voting,” said Jeff Storey, Director of Elections for Transylvania County. “Our precinct workers did a great job preparing for the day, and provided a great service to our voters.”
Storey said there weren’t any major incidents or problems at voting precincts. One precinct initially had some printing issues and another had a ballot jam in the vote tabulator but both issues were resolved and didn’t delay the voting process.
Over 13,000 county residents –– nearly half the number of registered voters –– participated in early voting, which ended last Saturday. Given that figure, the high number of mail-in absentee ballots, as well as the pandemic, it was unclear what the polls would look like on Election Day.
“We weren’t sure what to expect… but felt like we would still have a large in-person turnout. Early voting was very popular and Election Day was steady,” Storey said.
As it turned out, more than 7,000 took to the polls on Tuesday, with 20,404 ballots being cast out of 26,513 registered voters –– a 77 percent turnout, which was seven points higher than the 2016 election.
“It was amazing to see the level of interest this election. I’ve never seen numbers like this before,” Storey said.
The election has passed, and there weren’t any races close enough to warrant a recount, but Storey said officials still have plenty of work to do in the coming days.
“We begin the process of canvassing today. This includes researching provisionals and reconciling voter history to votes cast. The board will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 10, to review additional supplemental absentee ballots and take actions on provisionals. If we have absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 12 at 5 p.m., the board will consider those prior to canvass. We have 10 days before canvass, so we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.