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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:11

Early Voting Ends Saturday

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election timeVoters hoping to cast their ballots in advance of the Tuesday, June 7, Primary Election have just a few more days to make it to one of several polling locations in Haywood, Jackson, Macon or Swain counties.

One-Stop Absentee Voting has been underway since Thursday, May 26, and will continue through Saturday, June 4. 

In Haywood County, ballots may be cast in Waynesville at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, voting begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

Jackson County voters may cast ballots at one of four locations:

• In Cherokee, the Wolfetown Gym located at 27 Long Branch Road opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; Saturday, the hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

• In Cullowhee, the Cullowhee Recreation Center at 88 Cullowhee Mountain Road is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

• In Cashiers, the Cashiers Recreation Center, 355 Frank Allen Road, is also open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

• In Sylva, the Jackson County Board of Elections office at 876 Skyland Drive is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

The Macon County Board of Elections office at 5 West Main Street in Franklin will accept early voters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

Swain County offers early voting at the Swain County Board of Elections office at 1422 South Highway 19 in Bryson City beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Although turnout is expected to be abysmal — due largely to the fact that this contest is basically a “do-over” of the March 15 congressional primary, which was moved in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling on North Carolina’s racially gerrymandered congressional districts — that doesn’t mean this ballot is unimportant, especially for Democrats. Republican Congressman Mark Meadows awaits his November opponent; Democrats Rick Bryson and Tom Hill both seek to supplant Meadows, who’s served since 2013. 

Jackson County voters will have a referendum question on their ballot, asking their approval for a sales tax increase of one-fourth of a penny. Funds from the extra quarter-cent would go toward capital projects at Jackson County Schools and Southwestern Community College. 

Additionally, Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters will also choose one of four candidates for North Carolina Associate Supreme Court Justice — Wake County Judge Mike Morgan, Davie County attorney Daniel Robertson, incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds or Wake County attorney Sabra Jean Faires.

For more information on early voting or to find your polling location for Election Day, visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections website, www.ncsbe.gov.

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