North Carolina’s Board of Elections reported a larger-than-expected Early Voting turnout this election cycle. But those high numbers didn’t appear to stem the tide of voters at Belville Elementary School in Brunswick County this Election Day.
On a clear afternoon with temperatures nearing 70 degrees, cars packed the parking lot at Belville Elementary.
Rich Leary says he arrived at 6:30 in the morning to hand out campaign literature. Even at that hour, he says, voter traffic was steady.
This Election Day, North Carolina voters will decide upon a constitutional amendment. If it is passed, North Carolina would be the last state in the country to allow defendants facing felony charges to opt out of a trial by jury.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals suspended prohibitions against same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting last week. But the State Board of Elections is still cautioning voters to register before the voter registration deadline this Friday.