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'Slow and quiet' start to early voting in municipal election

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People vote inside of the Community Schools and Recreation Center at Alice F. Keene Park on Oct. 19, 2017, the first day of early voting. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Friday, October 20, 2017

Early voting for the 2017 municipal elections in Pitt County started out on a “slow and quiet” note, according to a local elections official.

Pitt County Elections Director Dave Davis said there were no reported complications on Thursday during the first day of voting, and not much traffic, either.

"It's been about like the usual. Municipal elections are usually pretty slow,” he said.

Davis said it is hard to predict whether early voting traffic will pick up.

“We won’t know ’til it’s over,” he said.

Only one voting site was open on Thursday, at Alice F. Keene Park, 4561 County Home Road, and 313 voters cast ballots, according to Davis. 

Nine of the county’s 10 municipalities are holding elections this year. The town of Falkland’s mayor and three town commissioners serve four-year terms and aren’t on this year’s ballot.

Voters may cast ballots from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at Alice F. Keene Park through Nov. 3. Four more sites will open with the same hours from Oct. 31-Nov. 3. These sites are located at the Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle; PATS Conference Room, County Office Building, 1717 W. Fifth St.; East Carolina University Willis Building, 300 E. First St.; and Winterville Fire Station Community Room, 2593 Railroad St., Winterville.

All the sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Election day is Nov. 7.

Photo identification is not required to vote, Davis said. Voters just need to give their name and Pitt County address. 

People who are not registered to vote in Pitt County may register and vote on the same day during the early voting period, but not on Election Day. People who want to vote and register on the same day are required to show a document that lists their current name and address in the county.