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Municipal election: More than 9,000 expected to head to polling sites today

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By Seth Thomas Gulledge
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

It’s Election Day for local municipal races, and thousands are expected to head to the polls to choose candidates for Greenville City Council as well as other county boards and commissions. 

Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. at multiple locations across the county.

Dave Davis, the director of the Pitt County Board of Elections said he expects about 9,300 voters will come out to the polls today. He said he is basing that number on the total for the county’s early voting, which began Oct. 17. Since early voting opened, 5,370 voters have cast ballots, compared to 5,285 who voted in the early election in 2015. Davis said 9,294 people voted on Election Day in the 2015 election. 

The slight increase in voters likely can be attributed to higher profile local campaigning and the current political climate in the country, Davis said. He said one thing to consider, though, is that if more of the typical Election-Day voters decided to participate in early voting that could lead to lower overall numbers today.

“I think for us around this time, because it changes every election, this go-around I think there’s a lot of news and political climate,” he said. “Voters are wanting to get out and make their voices heard.” 

Of the 5,370 voters who participated in early voting, 84.4 percent — some 4,337 voters — voted in Greenville’s elections. The next highest percentage came out of Winterville, where 573 voters participated. 

Of the Greenville voters, 8.8 percent voted in District 1, 9.6 voted in District 2, 25.3 percent in District 3, 30.5 percent in District 4 and 25.7 percent voted in District 5. Though the elections are nonpartisan, data for early voting shows that 44.3 percent of voters were registered Democrats, 33 percent Republicans, and 22.2 percent were registered unaffiliated. 

By a slim margin, the majority of Greenville voters were between the ages of 61-70, representing 25 percent of voters. Of the rest, 23 percent were 71 or older, 21.5 percent were between 41-60, 8.5 percent between 26-40 and 21.5 percent were between 18-25. In the entire county, more women voted than men, with 3,033 women voting compared to the 2,286 men. Additionally, 51 individuals, did not designate their gender. The majority of voters — 4,135 — were white and 1,056 voters were black. American Indians constituted seven voters, 22 were Asian, 20 multi-racial, 64 were other races and 66 chose to not designate their race. 

Davis said voters looking for their polling location should go to the State Board of Elections website — vt.ncsbe.gov — and click on “polling place search.” Residents trying to find out if they are registered to vote should go to the same site and click on “voter search” to look themselves up.

Most voters will not need to show an ID when they vote. However, voters who did not provide their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number when they registered are required to present ID the first time they vote.

Regardless of the voting numbers, results will start being compiled when the polls close tonight. Go to reflector.com for updates throughout the day and into the evening.

Contact Seth Gulledge at sgulledge@reflector.com and 252-329-9579.

CANDIDATES

Below is a complete list of candidates who had filed for office in Pitt County.

Ayden

• Raymond Langley, Ward 3

• Buddy Blake, Ward 3

• Johnny Davis, Ward 4

• Donald Skinner, Ward 4

• Thurman Vincent, Ward 4

• Phyllis Ross, Ward 5

• Barbara Whitehead, Ward 5

Wards 1 and 2 and the mayor’s seat are not up for election.

Bethel

• Gloristine Brown, mayor

• Janet Davis, commissioner

• Carl Wilson, commissioner

• Ed Dennis, commissioner

• Diana Wright, commissioner

• Thomas Asbell, commissioner

Five seats are open on the board of commissioners.

Candlewick Area Sanitary Board

• Earl Wade, board member

Three seats are open on the board.

Farmville

• Robert Evans, mayor

• Heather Irvin, mayor

• David Shackleford, commissioner

• Benjamin Dixon, commissioner

• Mark Wilson, commissioner

• Alma Hobbs, commisioner

Two seats are open on the board of commissioners.

Fountain

• Shirley A. Mitchell, mayor

• Kathy Parker, commissioner

• Alex Albright, commissioner

• Bill Anderson, commissioner

Three seats are open on the board of commissioners.

Greenville

• P.J. Connelly, mayor

• Calvin Mercer, mayor

• Curtis Pulley, mayor

• Ernest Reeves, mayor

• Christopher Nunnally, At-Large

• Brian Meyerhoeffer, At-Large

• Kandie Smith, District 1

• Micah Lockhard, District 1

• Rose Glover, District 2

• Uriah Ward, District 3

• Will Bell, District 3

• Darrell Hinnant, District 4

• James Reddick, District 4

• Rick Smiley, District 4

• William Litchfield, District 5

• Tom Best, District 5

Grifton

• Billy Ray Jackson, mayor

• Mary Moore, mayor

• Jeff Gaddy, mayor

• David Ingles, commissioner

• Raymond Oakes, commissioner

• Claude Kennedy, commissioner

Two seats are open on the board of commissioners.

Grimesland

• Ronnie Bowling, alderman

• Tom Dixon, alderman

• Eleanor Farr, alderman

• David Hodges, alderman

• Debbie Sekulski, alderman

• Ted Bowles, alderman

• Gerald Whitley, alderman

Five seats are open on the board of aldermen.

Simpson

• Richard Zeck, mayor

• David Boyd, mayor

• Brenda Hawkins, council

• Mary Moye, council

• Dianne Thomas, council

Three seats are open on village council.

Winterville

• Tucker Moore, mayor

• Douglas Jackson, mayor

• Veronica W. Roberson, mayor

• Calvin Henderson, mayor

• Katrina Jones, council

• Mark Smith, council

• Johnny Moye, council

• John Hill, council (unexpired term ending 2019)

• Ricky Hines, council (unexpired term ending 2019)

• David Hooks, council (unexpired term ending 2019)

Two seats are open on the council plus an unexpired term.

 

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