Those looking to have a say in the upcoming municipal elections must be registered to vote by Friday.
North Carolina law requires that a person register to vote 25 or more days prior to an election. With Mount Airy’s Nov. 4 elections fast approaching, those who have yet to register to vote will need to quickly fill out a registration form, and have the form post-marked by Friday.
Surry County Board of Elections Director Susan Jarrell said registration forms are available at the Board of Elections office in Dobson, local libraries and online. Jarrell said it’s important to remember the form must be postmarked by Friday, since the post office is not required to postmark mail any longer.
While Friday marks the deadline for those who might vote on Nov. 4 or via an absentee ballot, city residents who don’t meet the deadline won’t necessarily be out of luck. Jarrell said residents will be able to “same day” register during the early voting period.
According to Jarrell early voting for the November municipal elections will begin on Oct. 22 at the Board of Elections office and on Oct. 28 at the city municipal building.
Jarrell also said she hasn’t seen a great deal of new voter registrations in recent months.
On Nov. 4 the office of mayor, commissioner-at-large, north ward and south ward commissioners will be up for grabs, with each slot contested.
Incumbent Jim Armbrister and Jerry Taylor are squaring off in the commissioner-at-large race, after having finished first and second, respectively, in Tuesday’s four-way primary race. In the North Ward contest, incumbent Dean Brown and N.A. Barnes will run against one another after having finished first and second in a three-way primary Tuesday.
Commissioner Steve Yokeley and David Rowe are seeking the mayor’s post, and while South Ward incumbent Shirley Brinkley is officially unopposed, she is facing a write-in campaign by Bill Clark.
Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.