One-Stop voting is brisk

Published 7:33 am Thursday, October 25, 2012

Voters in the Roanoke-Chowan region are already heading to the polls in vast numbers.

Bertie, Hertford and Northampton counties have each had more than 2,000 voters as of press time Wednesday while Gates County has seen more than 600 people cast ballots through the one-stop process.

Earlier this week, North Carolina Executive Director of Elections Gary O. Bartlett requested each local Board of Elections look at the possibility of extending hours for One-Stop voting.

While the local boards have been pleased with the turnout, none of them have seen the need to extend hours.

The largest voter turnout thus far has been in Northampton County where 2,318 have cast ballots as of Wednesday.

Elections Director Susie Squire said Northampton voting has been steady, but has not had long wait times for those wishing to cast ballots.

“We haven’t had any long lines,” Squire said. “We have had steady voting, maybe four or five people at a time, but no long lines.”

Northampton’s citizens have a variety of options when it comes to voting One-Stop. The primary location is at the Northampton County Board of Elections Office  off N.C. 305 in Jackson.  The office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday of each week.

The other two locations will be the Roanoke Center, located at 409 North Main Street in Rich Square, and the E.E. Odom Center, located at 221 Craig Street in Gaston. Each of those locations is available from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. on weekdays.

All three sites will be open on two Saturdays during the voting process. Voters may cast ballots from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 3.

Hertford County voters have seen lines, especially on opening day, but nothing to an extent to cause alarm, according to Elections Director Sheila Privott.

“We are already providing early voting until 7 p.m. in Ahoskie and Murfreesboro and the Winton office is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.,” she said. “The board felt we had already extended normal voting hours, so they were satisfied to continue as we are.”

Thus far 2,135 Hertford County voters have cast ballots by the One-Stop method.

Those wishing to vote during the One-Stop balloting may do so at various locations in the county. One site is at the Elections Office on North King Street in Winton. That office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. each week day. There will also be Saturday voting in Winton. The office hours will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.

Another location in Hertford County will be at the Murfree Center on Broad Street in Murfreesboro. Those wishing to vote at that location can do so from Monday, Oct. 22-Friday Oct. 26 and from Monday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Nov. 2. The office will be open from 1-7 p.m. on those dates.

Saturday voting will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The other site will be at the Ahoskie Nutrition Site which is located at 415 Holloman Avenue. Voting at that center will mirror the hours and days of those at the Murfree Center.

Bertie County citizens have voted to the tune of 2,322 One-Stop ballots cast thus far. Elections Director Sheila Holloman called voting “steady.”

“We have had steady voting here in Windsor, but not really long lines,” she said. “There have been no lines reported at the Powellsville site.”

Bertie County citizens may vote in one of two locations.

The Windsor site will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and is located at the Board of Elections Office on Watson Street.

The other site in Bertie County will be the Powellsville Town Hall. The hours for that site will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each weekday.

Both locations will be open on one Saturday before the General Election. The Windsor site will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and the Powellsville site will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. the same day.

In Gates County, 641 registered voters had cast ballots by the One-Stop method as of Wednesday morning.

Elections officials there said they were busy handling those choosing to cast early ballots, but did not see a need to extend hours as suggested by the State Board of Elections.

The One-Stop voting hours in Gates County are 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays, through Nov. 3.

The One-Stop polling place is at the Gates County Administration Building (the offices of the County Manager, Tax and Water departments at 200 Court Street in Gatesville). Voting there will take place in the conference room (second door on the right from the front entrance).

(Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald Editor Cal Bryant contributed to this story.)