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Polls open Wednesday for Mount Airy primary

By Keith Strange Staff Reporter

September 30, 2013

A Mount Airy polling location will open Wednesday for voters who want to cast their ballots early for the Oct. 8 Mount Airy municipal primary.


While polls have been open since Sept. 19 at the Board of Elections office in Dobson, elections Director Susan Jarrell says turnout has been slow thus far.


“We’ve only had 10 people vote in person, and nine people have turned in absentee ballots they requested,” she said Friday.”We’re hoping that people are either waiting for the Mount Airy polls to open, or are planning on coming out election day.”


Through Friday, 41 city voters had requested an absentee ballot by mail, according to the elections director.


The primary is pitting Steve Yokeley, an incumbent South Ward councilman on the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners, against challengers Jerry A. Byrd and Jimmy D. Mitchell Jr. A primary is required in the city when three or more candidates file for a particular seat. The two top finishers will meet in the general election on Nov. 5.


Only one of the three seats affected by the 2013 municipal election in Mount Airy is contested, with Mayor Deborah Cochran and North Ward Commissioner Jon Cawley unopposed for new terms.


Jarrell said the Dobson voting site will remain open through Oct. 5, with the polls open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m., until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, the polls will close at 1 p.m.


The Mount Airy site will be at the city’s municipal building, located at 300 S. Main Street.


At that location, voters can cast their ballots from Oct. 2 through Oct. 5. Polls will open at 8:30 a.m., and close at 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. They will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.


The election is open to residents of Mount Airy only.


Anyone seeking more information can call the Surry County Board of Elections at 401-8225.


Reach Keith Strange at kstrange@civitasmedia.com or 719-1929.