Oct. 25--While some other North Carolina counties are dealing with long delays in early voting as some people queue up as long as two hours, the process is running well in Greene, Jones and Lenoir counties.
"It's been going good," Lenoir County Board of Elections Director Dana King said. "The first two days were pretty hectic, but after that, everything's good."
Greene County BOE Director Jane Monroe and Jones County BOE Director Gail Lee also said they weren't having many problems other than the routine election process.
"Just setting up the polls as usual," King said. "Measuring the 50-foot (voting zone), putting the orange cones out, getting the precincts lined up and ready to go. We had a few issues with people coming within the boundaries the first day or two, but we haven't had any problem since then."
State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett sent out a memo Tuesday asking each county's board of elections director to consider adding more early voting hours. The proposal of allowing early voting on Sunday is an issue in the Lenoir County commissioner campaigns. A change in voting times before Election Day would take a unanimous vote of the county board of elections.
As a percentage of registered voters, Greene County led its neighbors Wednesday with 23.2 percent of voters casting their ballot before Nov. 6. In Lenoir County, 15.7 percent had voted and 9.7 percent voted in Jones County.
Early voting at One-Stop sites runs through Nov. 3. If you are not registered to vote in North Carolina, early voting sites allow you to register the same day you vote, but that only lasts through the early-voting period. To same-day register, you have to present one of the following, according to the state Board of Elections:
-- A North Carolina driver's license with current address
-- A utility bill with name and current address
-- A document with name and current address from a local, state, or U.S. government agency
-- A student photo ID along with a document from the school showing the student's name and current address
-- A paycheck or paycheck stub from an employer or a W-2 statement
-- A bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement
In Greene County, the early voting site is at the county Board of Elections at 110 S.E. First St. in Snow Hill. One-Stop voting is available at the Jones County BOE office at 389 N.C. Highway 58 S. in Trenton. Lenoir County residents can take advantage of early voting at the La Grange Fire Station at 119 E. Railroad St. in La Grange, the Pink Hill Rescue Building at 305 S. Central Ave. in Pink Hill, McLewean at 405 N. McLewean St. in Kinston, and the Vernon Park Mall at 834 Hardee Rd. No. 100 in Kinston.
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