Election Day

Rainy Election Day May Deter Potential Voters

Nov 3, 2015

The National Weather Service is calling for steady rain throughout Election Day. Election officials speculate this may decrease voter participation in the 2015 municipal elections. 

Judge Bill Roesink oversaw voting at the New Hanover County Senior Center. Based on what he’s seen at the polls today, he says the rain might be deterring voters:

Judge Bill Roesink: “It’s been slower than normal because of the type of election it is—it’s the city election—and because of the weather. So, it’s down from what it normally would be.”

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. 

NC Constitutional Amendment on Ballot This November

Nov 3, 2014

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. 

By 4 PM Tuesday afternoon, Marvin McFadyen, Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections, predicted voter turnout would reach about 12% of registered voters.