Primary elections held on Tuesday

By Anthony Gonzalez and Kitsey E. Burns agonzalez@civitasmedia.com kburns@civitasmedia.com

May 7, 2014

Voters headed to the polls on Tuesday for primary elections across North Carolina.

According to an official at Surry County Board of Elections, all 29 precincts had checked in and were operating normally Tuesday afternoon.

“Turnout is average,” said Angie Harrison, deputy director for Surry County Board of Elections. Harrison would not disclose, as of press time, the amount of voters who had cast a vote county-wide.

Poll locations in Elkin were operating below average. At Elkin Rescue Squad, a judge said turnout was slow. At Elkin Recreation Center, another judge said turnout was running below normal.

According to records, 1,344 voters turned out for early One-Stop voting for the primary in Surry County elections. One-Stop was held in Elkin, Dobson and Mount Airy, and closed at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Yadkin County was experiencing a bit more voter enthusiasm mostly due to higher profile and contested races.

Early voting in Yadkin County wrapped up on Saturday with a total of 816 votes, a significant increase from the 390 votes cast during early voting in the mid-term primary in 2010.

By 10 a.m. on primary Election Day, a total of 1,753 votes had been cast county-wide. Supporters and candidates were out at various polling places throughout the county on Tuesday handing out nail files, business cards, many wearing brightly colored shirts in support of a certain candidate.

Voters heading to the polls on Tuesday said they just wanted the opportunity to have their voice heard. Ella Speaks, a 31-year resident of Yadkin County, said it was important to vote “because you have a voice.”

“I’m not one to be quiet,” Speaks added with a smile. “I believe in speaking my mind.”

Bonnie and Holton Shepard, who voted on Tuesday, agreed that it was an important time to be able to have their input in what goes on in government.

As of press time on Tuesday, 3,325 votes in Yadkin County had been cast county-wide.

Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

Anthony Gonzalez can be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.