LUMBERTON — The director of the Robeson County Board of Elections is recommending that anyone who is not registered to vote but plans to cast ballots in the November municipal elections not count on registering during the one-stop voting period.
G.L. Pridgen recommends registering now just to be safe.
He said athat although a court injunction is currently in place that prevents the state from eliminating same-day voter registration as part of revised election laws, the injunction could be lifted at any time.
“At this time it looks like we will have same-day voter registration for the municipal elections,” Pridgen said. “An official with the state office has informed me in an email that she is confident there will be same-day registration for the municipal elections this year, but that we have to be prepared for if, when and whatever decision the judge may come back with.”
Pridgen said that those wishing to vote in November have until Oct. 9 to do register in advance of the one-stop period. He said the regular voter registration is more convenient for both the voter and his staff than it is during one-stop.
According to Pridgen, his staff will provide training to poll workers in preparation for a period of one-stop voting that includes same-day voter registration. They also will be trained in what their responsibilities will be if there is no same-day registration.
One-stop voting begins on Oct. 22 and will be held only at the Board of Elections office in Lumberton.
Josh Lawson, the general counsel for the State Board of Elections, on Thursday agreed with Pridgen that those wishing to vote in this year’s municipal elections should register before the registration deadline of 25 days before the scheduled election just to be safe.
“This is an injunction, not a ruling and could be lifted at any time,” Lawson said. “People shouldn’t count on same-day registration. We are encouraging people to register by the 25-day deadline before the scheduled election.”
The local Board of Elections office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.