Early voting begins for Scotland County

By: Katelin Gandee - Staff reporter

LAURINBURG— Those who would like to cast a ballot in the May 8 primary early can do so beginning today, and those not registered to vote still have that chance.

One Stop Voting begins today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Scotland County Board of Elections conference room located at County Annex Building 231 East Cronly St.

Those who wish to register, must bring some form of identification that shows their name and residential address. Documents that will allow the resident to register include items such as a utlility bill, bank statement, property tax statement, vehicle registration, or a drug prescription issued by a government doctor.

Residents can not register to vote at the precincts on the day of the election.

“We look to push a couple thousand through one stop early voting this year,” said Dell Parker, the county elections director.

Republicans must fill out a Republican ballot, and Democrats must fill out a Democratic ballot. Unaffiliated voters can decide which ballot they wish to fill out and make that request. It is too late to change registration, but unregistered voters have the choice on how to register during One Stop.

The ballots will feature the US House District 9, North Carolina Senate and House seats, the sheriff race, and the race for the three seats on the Scotland County Board of Commissioners.

OneStop early voting will be held today and Friday of this week and then each weekday for the next two weeks from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The final opportunity will come on May 5, which is a Saturday, when the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The primary winners will advance to the General Election on Nov. 6.

Seventeen-year-olds who turn 18 after the May 8 primary but before the Nov. 6 general election are eligible to vote in the primary.

The election board met on Tuesday to look at the nine absentee ballots that were sent in, all nine were approved. The board also reviewed the precinct officials and worked out who would be at each precinct.

The current total of registered voters in Scotland County is 22,431 with 12,758 Democrats; 3,699 Republicans; 50 Libertarians; and 5,924 unaffiliated.

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One stop voting begins today

Katelin Gandee

Staff reporter