Ballots cast creep to 167
Two days of early voting remain
LAURINBURG — More than 100 ballots have been cast across Scotland County during the early voting period, and voters have just a day and a half more to get to the polls before the Nov. 5 deadline.
Of the 167 votes cast, 151 have been cast in Laurinburg’s two districts — 54 in District 1 and 97 in District 2.
Two ballots have been cast in East Laurinburg, four in Wagram and 10 in Gibson.
The busiest days so far were Tuesday and Wednesday, with 27 voters on each day. Thirteen voters made it to the polls on Halloween, adding to the previous eight-day total of 100.
In Laurinburg, J.D. Willis is running for the District 1 city council seat to which he was appointed in September 2012 as Herbert Rainer’s successor. Drew Williamson is seeking to keep the District 2 seat he was appointed to in late 2011, finishing the unexpired term of Tommy Parker when Parker was elected mayor. Former city clerk Dolores (Dee) Hammond has filed for the open at-large seat on the council, vacated by Kenton Spencer.
In Gibson — where incumbent mayor Ronnie Hudson will be challenged by Town Clerk Myra Tyndall and Charles Fletcher, Belton L. Chavis, Jr., and former Town Manager Ken Haney are challenging incumbents Lula Adelle Cottingham, Charles Webb, and Pete Wilkins — five people have made their way to the polls.
Two people have voted in East Laurinburg, where Commissioner Wayne Caulder will run unopposed for the office of mayor. May Rachel Hines and other newcomers, Tyresa Haywood and David Cooper, will run against incumbent Cleon Robinson, Jr. for three two-year terms on the East Laurinburg commission.
One Wagram resident has cast a ballot. All of Wagram’s incumbent officers — Mayor Milton Farmer and council members Robert McLaughlin, Hyder Massey, Jr., and Jackie Laviner — will run unopposed.
Friday saw 8 voters visit the Scotland County Board of Elections and Thursday, 5, adding to the 5-day total of 71.
One-stop voting for Scotland County’s municipal elections, held at the Board of Elections office of the county’s annex building at 231 E. Cronly St., will end Saturday at 1 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
At one-stop voting, residents can complete a voter registration application and provide proof of residency in order to cast a ballot. For acceptable forms of identification or for more information on voting, visit http://www.scotlandcounty.org/voter-guide.aspx.
Voters needing an absentee ballot will have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 to apply. Completed absentee ballots must be received at the elections office by 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 and arrive by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8.
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