Early voting starts Thursday

Staff report

October 15, 2013

LUMBERTON — The early voting period for the Nov. 5 municipal elections begins on Thursday at the Robeson County Board of Elections’ new office on Walnut Street.

The 13-day early voting period ends on Nov. 2 and does not include a Sunday voting day, which was allowed for the first time in Robeson County during the General Election of November 2012.

There are races in all 15 of the county’s municipalities, including 11 races for mayor. There is no race for mayor in the county seat, which is Lumberton.

There are no satellite polling sites for these municipal elections, so all ballots must be cast at the new elections office at 800 N. Walnut St. The Board of Elections earlier this year made the move to Walnut Street from its longtime headquarters on Elizabethtown Road in downtown Lumberton.

Voters can cast ballots from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on all the weekdays beginning Thursday and ending on Nov. 1. On Nov. 2, which is a Saturday and the last day of early voting, ballots can be cast from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tina Bledsoe, interim director of the county Elections Office, said that new laws adopted this year by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, will not be in effect for this election, including the requirement for a voter ID.