Early voting begins, sluggishly in TC

Election workers Derek Kern and Amy Grainger make sure voting equipment is working in Tabor City’s District Court Building as voting opened Thursday. (Deuce Niven photo)


    Early voting got underway across North Carolina on Thursday, a bit sluggishly as the doors opened at 1 p.m. at the District Court Building in Tabor City.
    First, the electronic ballot box would not work, then a printer used for voter verification forms did, but very slowly.
    Derek Kern from the Columbus County Board of Elections had a replacement for the ballot counter in place before the fist voter filled out his ballot, and a technician was assigned to take care of the sluggish printer.
    Early voting continues in Tabor City and at five other satellite locations from 1 to 8 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 31.
    Early voting at the Columbus County Board of Elections offices in Whiteville continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 31, and from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.
    For those who don’t vote early, election day is Nov. 4, with polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Early voting sites
    Early voting sites across Columbus County include:
•    Tabor City Court House, 110 West 4th Street
•    Fair Bluff Fire Dept., 653 Railroad Street
•    Chadbourn Municipal Annex, 208 East 1st Avenue
•    Bolton Town Hall, 231 9th Street
•    East Columbus Senior Center, 2696 General Howe Hwy, Riegelwood
•    Columbus County Board of Elections, 50 Legion Drive, Whiteville

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