Early voting begins in city elections
BY AMELIA HARPER
Thursday, September 19, 2019
The voting has started for Rocky Mount mayor and the Ward 1, 3, 4 and 5 seats on the City Council.
One-stop early voting began on Wednesday and will extend to Oct. 4 for these contests. Election Day is Oct. 8.
Wyatt Phillips, the site manager at the Braswell Memorial Library voting site, said the participation had been higher than expected Wednesday, especially during the lunch hour.
“I was shocked at how many people came,” Phillips said. “For the first day, it has been really steady.”
Nash County Elections Director John Kearney said that roughly 400 people voted in Nash County on the first day of early voting. Figures for Edgecombe County were not available at press time. However, these figures seem to indicate a high degree of interest in this year’s city elections.
The last time there was a Rocky Mount mayoral election in 2015 only 5,201 people voted from both counties during the entire election cycle, according to information provided on the State Board of Election website.
Gene Godwin was one of nearly 300 people who voted at the Braswell Memorial Library site on Wednesday.
“I think it is great to have the early voting,” Godwin said. “It is voter convenience. We need to get more people out to vote. The amazing thing is there is only about 54,000 residents in the city and only about 5,550 voted in the last election.”
One-stop early voting for Rocky Mount contests will be held in Nash County from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through Oct. 4. Residents also will be able to vote from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. One-stop early voting for this election will be held at the Nash County Board of Elections office in room 109 of the Nash County Agriculture Center in Nashville and at Braswell Memorial Library in Rocky Mount.
One-stop voting for Rocky Mount contests in Edgecombe County will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through Oct. 4 and from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday. These polls will be set up at the Department of Social Services at 301 S. Fairview St. in Rocky Mount and the Edgecombe County Board of Elections in Suite 434 of the Edgecombe County Administrative Building at 201 St. Andrews St. in Tarboro.