Early voting starts today for city election
by Tom Joyce Staff Reporter
DOBSON — Officials are expecting a larger turnout than was the case for a recent primary in Mount Airy, as early voting gets under way today for the general election.
“Normally, we will have a little better turnout for the municipal election than we did for the primary election,” Surry County Board of Elections Director Susan Jarrell said Wednesday.
Steve Yokeley is running against Jimmy D. Mitchell for a South Ward seat on the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners now held by Yokeley, who is seeking his second four-year term. The election is open to residents throughout the city limits, in addition to those living in the South Ward.
Mayor Deborah Cochran and North Ward Commissioner Jon Cawley are unopposed on the ballot.
Voters can get a head start on the Nov. 5 general election by making their selections beginning today at the board’s office in Dobson, which offers early voting for every election. The hours for the one-stop, no-excuse, absentee voting service are 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday of each week before the election.
On Nov. 2, the Saturday before Election Day, early ballots can be cast in Dobson from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In addition to making choices ahead of time, the early voting service allows citizens who are not registered to both sign up and vote during the same visit, as reflected by the “one-stop” terminology. Those who are not registered won’t have that option on Nov. 5, for which the registration deadline was Sept. 13.
Persons wishing to register and vote after the regular registration deadline may appear in person at a one-stop absentee voting site, complete the voter-registration application form and provide proof of residence by presenting valid documents showing their present names and addresses.
City Early Voting Site
An early voting service also will be available in Mount Airy beginning on Oct. 30.
Its location will be the lower level of the Municipal Building on South Main Street.
Hours there will be 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 2, when early voting ends in both Mount Airy and Dobson. Any qualified person may vote at either location.
Jarrell also mentioned Wednesday that the regular absentee ballot process is now under way as well.
“Anyone needing an absentee ballot can send us a request in writing, and we will be happy to mail them one,” the elections director said.
The address for the Surry County Board of Elections is 201 E. Kapp St., P.O. Box 372, Dobson, NC, 27017.
Reach Tom Joyce at 719-1924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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