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Elections board approves precinct relocation, early voting hours


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, February 24, 2018

One Greenville voting precinct is moving to a new location, starting with the May 8 primary.

Greenville No. 10B Precinct is moving across the street to First Christian Church, 2810 E. 14th St. It was previously located in the former Unity Free Will Baptist Church, what is now John Paul II Catholic High School, 2725 E. 14th St.

The high school’s administrators asked the county to relocate the precinct because of safety concerns related to having the building open to the public during a school day, said Dave Davis, Pitt County elections director.

The voting enclosure will be in the family life center, which is the large building to the back right of the church. Davis said signs will direct voters to the correct entrance on Election Day.

“Affected voters should receive their updated voter card by mail at the beginning of next week,” Davis said.

The Pitt County Board of Elections approved the change at its Wednesday meeting. It must get final approval from Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

The election board also approved the location and hours for the primary’s one-stop early-voting days.

Pitt County will have seven sites open during the two-week early-voting period which beings on April 19 and ends May 5.

Four locations — the center at Alice F. Keene Park, 4561 County Home Road; Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle; County Office Building, PATS Conference Room, 1717 W. Fifth St.; and Winterville Fire Station Community Room, 2593 Railroad St., Winterville — will be open from April 19-May 4, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and three Saturdays, April 21, April 28 and May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Three more locations — Ayden Community Building, Community Room, 548 Second St.; Farmville Community Center, Community Room, 3880 S. Main St.; and East Carolina University Willis Building, 300 E. First St. — will be open from April 30-May 4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the early voting period, new voters can register and vote on the same day. They must fill out a voter registration application and present the following, according to the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement website:

■ North Carolina driver license

■ Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, so long as the card bears the voter's current name and current address.

■ A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address.

■ A current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation.

More information is available at www.ncsbe.gov.

Same-day registration is not available on Election Day. People who want to vote on May 8 must register by April 13.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570. Follow her on Twitter @GingerLGDR.