Local Politics

Pick president while picking out shoes

Posted October 15, 2008

— For the next two weeks, shoppers at Triangle Town Center can cast their ballot in between buying clothes and stopping at the food court.

Wake County elections officials rented a vacant space at the north Raleigh mall for a one-stop voting site. The mall is one of five early voting locations across the county that will be open from Thursday through Nov. 1. Another 10 sites will operate from Oct. 23 through Nov. 1.

"We knew all along that this presidential election was going to be huge, and early voting is getting more and more popular," elections official Nicole Shumaker said. "I am expecting in excess of 12,000 voters (at the mall), probably more than 1,000 voters each day."

All registered voters in Wake County are eligible to vote at the mall. Others can register and vote at the one-stop site.

Elections officials are checking voter identifications and securing ballots to ensure votes cast early are legitimate, Shumaker said.

"The laptops (at the polling site) are connected live to our main voter registration database, so we know in real time who is registered to vote and who is not," she said.

State elections officials are trying to encourage as many people as possible to vote early to limit the expected lines on Election Day.

Shoppers said they like the idea of voting early at the mall.

"I definitely would be interested in it. I think that its so important to vote, and the problem is sometimes something comes up at the last minute," said Thomas Henderson, who plans to votes for Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

"It's more convenient for me because (Thursday) I will be (at the mall), maybe," said Nahid Anvarian, who said he would cast an early ballot for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. "I want to do it as soon as possible."


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  • Quagmire Oct 16, 2008

    I thank the bopard of elections for making this happen. I will be able to go in this weekend and vote at my convenience without long lines or standing outside.

  • nosuchmiracles Oct 16, 2008

    I swear nothing can make some of you happy. Why in the world would you be sour about an early voting location?

  • redapace Oct 16, 2008

    Go vote & stop whining about where the polls are located.

    "That One" '08

  • mattatiww Oct 16, 2008

    We’re doomed ………. What better way to show it “vote while you spend yourself into oblivion”

  • redman4 Oct 16, 2008

    How much lazier can you get?? can't find the time to go to the polls on election day but you can sure find time to go to the mall. Most of those who vote at the mall would most certainly not vote if they had to go out of their way to do it...shows how much they really care. Guess who this is going to benefit?

  • lizard Oct 16, 2008

    Very convenient for the gang members whose voices need to be heard too.