Early voting begins this week statewide for the Nov. 8 general election, including at sites in Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
Early voting sites allow any registered voter in a county to vote at those sites, no matter what precinct he or she is registered in, while voters must vote at their precinct on Nov. 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Also, those wishing to vote but who missed the registration deadline can vote and register at the OneStop early voting sites by showing a valid form of identification. No ID will be required to vote by those already registered.
In Surry County, the first early voting site to open will be at the Surry County Board of Elections office in Dobson, 201 E. Kapp St., in the basement of the courthouse. Voting there will be open Oct. 20 through Nov. 4 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and on Nov. 5 from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The other three Surry County early voting sites will open Halloween Day, with voting scheduled from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 5. Those sites include the county’s Human Services Center, 1218 State St., Mount Airy; The Elkin Center of Surry Community College, 1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin; and The Pilot Center of Surry Community College, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain.
Early voting sites will not be open on Nov. 8, instead voters wishing to cast a ballot must go to their assigned precinct to vote that day.
In Yadkin County, one-stop early voting will take place upstairs in the county’s permitting, planning and elections building, 213 E. Elm St., Yadkinville, on Oct. 20 through Nov. 4 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wilkes County’s early voting will be held at the Wilkes County Office Building in the Commissioners Room, 110 North St., Wilkesboro, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 through Nov. 2 on weekdays only; from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4; and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 5.
Other early voting sites in Wilkes County will including Millers Creek Fire Department, 5132 Boone Trail, Millers Creek; Mulberry-Fairplains Fire Department, 2055 Sparta Road, North Wilkesboro; Mountain View Ruritan Building, 5504 Mountain View Road, Hays; and Pleasant Hill Fire Department, 1069 Austin-Traphill Road, Elkin. Hours for those sites will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4.
All of the counties’ ballots will include races for the U.S. Presidential race featuring Republican candidates Donald Trump and VP candidate Michael Pence, Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, and Libertarian candidates Gary Johnson and William Weld. Also, they include the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Richard Burr, Democrat Deborah Ross and Libertarian Sean Haugh, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives District 5 race between incumbent Republican Virginia Foxx and Democrat Josh Brannon.
Featured state races in all three counties are N.C. Governor with candidates Pat McCrory, the incumbent who is Republican, Democrat Roy Cooper and Libertarian Lon Cecil; Lieutenant Governor candidates Dan Forest, who is Republican and incumbent, Democrat Linda Coleman and Libertarian Jacki Cole. Other races include N.C. Attorney General between Republican Buck Newton and Democrat Josh Stein; N.C. Auditor between Republican Chuck Stuber and incumbent Democrat Beth Wood; N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture between Republican Steve Troxler, the incumbent, and Democrat Walter Smith; N.C. Commissioner of Insurance between Republican Mike Causey and incumbent Democrat Wayne Goodwin; N.C. Commissioner of Labor between incumbent Republican Cherie Berry and Democrat Charles Meeker; N.C. Secretary of State between Republican Michael LaPaglia and incumbent Democrat Elaine Marshall; N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction between Republican Mark Johnson and incumbent Democrat June Atkinson; and N.C. Treasurer between newcomers Republican Dale Folwell and Democrat Dan Blue III.
For voters in Surry and Wilkes County in N.C. State Senate District 30, they will decide between incumbent Republican Shirley Randleman and Democrat Michael Holleman. For voters in Yadkin County, who live in District 31 of the State Senate, incumbent Republican Joyce Krawiec faces no opposition.
Voters living in N.C. House of Representatives District 90, which serves Surry and Stokes counties and part of Wilkes County, will choose between incumbent Republican Sarah Stevens and Democrat Vera Reynolds. Voters in Yadkin County and part of Wilkes County who live in District 91 will see unopposed incumbent Lee Zachary, a Republican, on their ballot.
Wilkes County voters also will select a Register of Deeds between incumbent Republican Misty Smithey and Democrat Connie Cox; and three county commissioners at-large out of four candidates, incumbent Republican Gary Blevins, incumbent Republican Keith Elmore, incumbent Republican Eddie Settle and Democrat Brandson Anderson. Unopposed candidate Gwen Minton is running in Wilkes for soil and water conservation district supervisor.
In Yadkin County, three incumbents are running unopposed on the ballot for county commissioner, Republicans Kevin Austin, David Moxley and Marion Welborn. Unopposed candidate Van Hemric is running in Yadkin for soil and water conservation district supervisor.
Voters in Wilkes and Yadkin counties also will see the N.C. District Court Judge District 23 race featuring unopposed candidate Jeanie Reavis Houston.
In Surry County, voters will cast ballots for county commissioner east district where incumbent Republican Van Tucker faces Democrat Ronald Bowman; as well as unopposed Mount Airy district commissioner candidate Larry Johnson, a Republican incumbent; Register of Deeds unopposed incumbent Democrat Carolyn Comer; and unopposed candidate Glenn Pruitt for soil and water conservation district supervisor.
Ballots also will be cast in Surry for N.C. District Court Judge District 17B candidate Bill Southern, who is running unopposed, and Superior Court Judge candidate Angela Puckett, who is running unopposed.
For voters who live in the town of Elkin, also on their ballot will be the race between four candidates for two nonpartisan seats for town commissioner, incumbent Skip Whitman, Jeff Eidson, Tommy Wheeler and John Wiles. Also, those living in the Elkin City Schools district will have on their ballots two nonpartisan races, one for City District between incumbent Richard Brinegar, Taylor Gaddis and Levi Shore, and the other for East District between incumbent Haley Sullivan and Judy Walker.
Other state judge seats on the ballots in all three counties include nonpartisan N.C. Supreme Court Associate Judge candidates Michael Morgan and Robert Edmunds; N.C. Court of Appeals Judge candidates Republican Phil Berger Jr. and Democrat Linda Stephens; N.C. Court of Appeals Judge candidates Republican Hunter Murphy, Democrat Margaret Eagles and unaffiliated Donald Ray Buie; N.C. Court of Appeals Judge candidates Republican Bob Hunter and Democrat Abe Jones; N.C. Court of Appeals Judge candidates Republican Richard Dietz and Democrat Vince Rozier; and N.C. Court of Appeals Judge candidates Republican Valerie Zachary and Democrat Rickye McKoy-Mitchell.
To view ballots as they will appear when voters go to the polls, visit each respective county’s Board of Elections website, for Wilkes http://wilkescounty.net/elections/election-forms-sample-ballots/; for Yadkin http://www.yadkincountync.gov/index.aspx?nid=88; and for Surry http://www.co.surry.nc.us/departments/(a_through_j)/board_of_elections/index.php.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.