One Stop voting attracts thousands

Published 8:45 pm Thursday, October 30, 2008

People in the Roanoke-Chowan region are voting.

According to preliminary numbers from one-stop voting in Bertie, Hertford and Northampton counties, people are turning out in huge numbers.

“We’ve never had a turnout like this,” Hertford County Elections Director Sheila Privott said. “We’ve already far-exceeded the number that voted during the primary.”

Privott reported that as of early Monday afternoon, more than 4,000 people have cast their ballots for the November 4 election. That includes one-stop voting and absentee voting by mail.

Similar thoughts were echoed by Northampton County Elections Director Susie Squire who has seen almost 2,500 people vote thus far compared to just over 600 in the May primary.

“I’m pleased with the numbers,” Squire said.

Bertie County Elections Director Shirlie Davenport has seen nearly 3,000 cast ballots as of early Monday afternoon. Most of those (1,976) have been cast in the Windsor voting location.

One-stop voting ends on Saturday in all three counties.

One-Stop voting information in the R-C area is as follows:

Bertie County: weekdays 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Board of Elections office. Also on weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Kelford Fire Department (106 North Main St.) and Powellsville Town Hall (106 East Main St.) Those two sites will also host One-Stop voting from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Hertford County: at the Board of Elections office, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Other One-Stop locations include the Ahoskie Nutrition Site (the old R.L. Vann School cafeteria) and the Elizabeth Sewell Parker Memorial Library on Main Street in Murfreesboro on weekdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Northampton County: at the Board of Elections office weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. as well as 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Additionally, the E.E. Odom Center in Gaston (221 Craige St.) will host One-Stop voting during the same weekday and Saturday hours as listed for the Jackson location.