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NC adds places, dates to cast your vote

Posted September 4, 2012
Updated September 5, 2012

— Democrats on North Carolina's elections board voted Tuesday to give voters in a number of counties more opportunities to participate in the November general election with hard-fought campaigns for president and governor in the balance.

The five-member State Board of Elections voted largely along party lines to add more locations or hours to the early voting period in Wake, Forsyth, Anson, Craven, Hoke and Pamlico counties. In all but one case, the two Republican members of the state panel opposed such moves.

Joshua Howard, a Republican member of the Wake County Board of Elections, said the number of early voting locations was limited by the county budget. "We do not have any more machines to put at a 16th site," he said.

Larry Leake, chairman of the state board, said the county's plan failed to take into account Wake County's population growth.

"Given the dynamics and the growth of the Wake County population over the last four years, that plan was insufficient," he said.

In 2008, the county offered a total of 1,456 hours of early voting. Tuesday's changes pushes early voting hours above 1,600, an 11 percent increase. voting, early voting, one-stop voting, vote Wake officials scramble to meet early voting requirements

Howard said, "I fear that the state board, in demanding more hours and more sites, at best will strip away the staff we need at existing sites." He called the board's move an unfunded mandate on Wake County. 

But that argument did not appear to sit well with state board members.

"It appears to me that your plan puts an undue burden on my right to vote," said Ronald Penny, a Democratic member of the state board.

In Wake County, the state board ordered the following changes:

  • A new early voting polling place will be added at the former site of Elevation Baptist Church on Highway 64.
  • All Raleigh and Cary early voting locations will be open on Oct. 18 and 19. Under the original plan, only the downtown county board of election office would have been open on those days.
  • On Saturday Nov. 3, all early voting locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wake County commissioners have said they are disinclined to invest more in early voting. The Wake Board of Elections meets Wednesday to try and figure out how to comply.

The state board also adjusted early voting times in Anson, Craven, Hoke and Forsyth counties and rejected a request to roll back Sunday voting hours in Pamlico County.

Early voting in Wake County varies by date and location as follows:

Oct. 18 - 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Board of Elections Office, Raleigh
Cary Senior Center, Cary
Chavis Community Center, Raleigh
NCSU Talley Student Center, Raleigh
Optimist Community Center, Raleigh

Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cary Senior Center, Cary
Chavis Community Center, Raleigh
NCSU Talley Student Center, Raleigh
Optimist Community Center, Raleigh

Oct. 21, 1 to 5 p.m.
Cary Senior Center, Cary
Chavis Community Center, Raleigh
NCSU Talley Student Center, Raleigh
Optimist Community Center, Raleigh

Oct. 22 - 23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cary Senior Center, Cary
Chavis Community Center, Raleigh
NCSU Talley Student Center, Raleigh
Optimist Community Center, Raleigh

Oct. 22 - 26, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Board of Elections Office, Raleigh

Oct. 24 - 26, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Apex Community Center, Apex
Avery Street Recreation Center, Garner
Cary Senior Center, Cary
Chavis Community Center, Raleigh
Falcon Park Hut, Fuquay- Varina
Herbert C Young Community Center, Cary
Knightdale Recreation Center, Knightdale
Lake Lynn Community Center, Raleigh
NCSU Talley Student Center, Raleigh
Northern Regional Center, Wake Forest
Optimist Community Center, Raleigh
Wake Technical Community College Main Campus, Raleigh
Wake Technical Community College North Campus, Raleigh
WE Hunt Recreation Center, Holly Springs

Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Apex Community Center, Apex
Avery Street Recreation Center, Garner
Board of Elections Office, Raleigh
Cary Senior Center, Cary
Chavis Community Center, Raleigh
Falcon Park Hut, Fuquay- Varina
Herbert C Young Community Center, Cary
Knightdale Recreation Center, Knightdale
Lake Lynn Community Center. Raleigh
NCSU Talley Student Center, Raleigh
Northern Regional Center, Wake Forest
Optimist Community Center, Raleigh
Wake Technical Community College Main Campus, Raleigh
Wake Technical Community College North Campus, Raleigh
WE Hunt Recreation Center, Holly Springs

Oct. 28, 1 to 5 p.m.
Apex Community Center, Apex
Avery Street Recreation Center, Garner
Board of Elections Office, Raleigh
Cary Senior Center, Cary
Chavis Community Center, Raleigh
Falcon Park Hut, Fuquay- Varina
Herbert C Young Community Center, Cary
Knightdale Recreation Center, Knightdale
Lake Lynn Community Center. Raleigh
NCSU Talley Student Center, Raleigh
Northern Regional Center, Wake Forest
Optimist Community Center, Raleigh
Wake Technical Community College Main Campus, Raleigh
Wake Technical Community College North Campus, Raleigh
WE Hunt Recreation Center, Holly Springs

Oct. 29 - November 2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Apex Community Center, Apex
Avery Street Recreation Center, Garner
Cary Senior Center, Cary
Chavis Community Center, Raleigh
Falcon Park Hut, Fuquay- Varina
Herbert C Young Community Center, Cary
Knightdale Recreation Center, Knightdale
Lake Lynn Community Center. Raleigh
NCSU Talley Student Center, Raleigh
Northern Regional Center, Wake Forest
Optimist Community Center, Raleigh
Wake Technical Community College Main Campus, Raleigh
Wake Technical Community College North Campus, Raleigh
WE Hunt Recreation Center, Holly Springs

Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Board of Elections Office, Raleigh

Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apex Community Center, Apex
Avery Street Recreation Center, Garner
Board of Elections Office, Raleigh
Cary Senior Center, Cary
Chavis Community Center, Raleigh
Falcon Park Hut, Fuquay- Varina
Herbert C Young Community Center, Cary
Knightdale Recreation Center, Knightdale
Lake Lynn Community Center. Raleigh
NCSU Talley Student Center, Raleigh
Northern Regional Center, Wake Forest
Optimist Community Center, Raleigh
Wake Technical Community College Main Campus, Raleigh
Wake Technical Community College North Campus, Raleigh
WE Hunt Recreation Center, Holly Springs

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  • ladyblue Sep 5, 2012

    this seems a bit unfair that ALL COUNTIES ARE NOT INCLUDED. that is not equality in voting rights in my opinion....Johnston country has had trememdous explosion of population..

  • JohnnyMcRonny Sep 5, 2012

    @Danny22

    From WTVD:

    The conservative-leaning group, which describes itself as non-partisan, said it found some of the names had not been removed from voter lists for more than a decade after the person died.

    Group leader Jay DeLancy did not list any actual cases of someone using a dead person's name to vote. In a news release on the group's website, he said the data was still being analyzed.

    The Project has also challenged names on the voter roll in Wake County who it said were not U.S. Citizens. At a hearing last month, DeLancy stormed out after the Wake County Board of Elections dismissed 18 challenges after county officials determined that the voters in question were in fact U.S. citizens.

    According to a study done by The Carnegie Corp of NY and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, NC has had 22 cases of alleged election fraud since 2000 - 0.0005 percent of the more than 4 million people who voted in the presidential contest in 2008.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Sep 5, 2012

    "Either all counties have the same hours and dates or no early voting should be allowed." - Milkman

    I think it should go further than that. For *federal* elections, the same rules should apply nationwide. Same hours. Same ballots. Same machines overseen by federal officials, not private companies. Same ID requirements.

  • Crabbit Cratur Sep 5, 2012

    Excellent....good to see some in NC standing up to Jim Crow.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Sep 5, 2012

    Just look at the locations, how many are near NC State and South Raleigh vs. North Raleigh. How can there be so many more in typical democrat voting areas? For the first week,

    Board of Elections Office, Raleigh ....DOWNTOWN
    Cary Senior Center, Cary ....OLDER FDR Democrats
    Chavis Community Center, Raleigh...Downtown South
    NCSU Talley Student Center, Raleigh....Typical Democrat Liberal Students
    Optimist Community Center, Raleigh.... Practically Downtown

    Basically for first week, these areas are democrat voting districts. Then, only 1 area, Lake Lynn, seems to be an area that is typically conservative in the entire Raleigh area. Who is in control here. This is obviously meant to make things easier for democrats to vote...period. Really one North Raleigh location other than Wake tech North Raleigh Campus, and who is at Wake tech? Typical liberal students again. What a mess.

  • Ashen-Shugar Sep 5, 2012

    ""Well you better get used to it, as the racist old folks start to die off there ain't going to be enough angry white men to replace them." - godnessgracious2

    Pity, who will pick up the tab for you all then?...
    aetius476

    And no one to blame for their own stupidity.

  • Milkman Sep 5, 2012

    Maybe the DNC and the Obama administration will sue the state over this, how is it fair that some counties have different dates and times for early voting?? What if the poorer counties have less opportunity to early vote? That's disenfranchising!! Either all counties have the same hours and dates or no early voting should be allowed. Also the number of polling places per 1000 registered voters should also be the same. Not fair for Wake County to have so many places when Orange County only has 2 places to vote early.

  • Quagmire Sep 5, 2012

    My guess is they were more worried about a half empty stadium than lightning
    jbyrd

    So you don't know the difference between .005 and .5

  • aetius476 Sep 5, 2012

    "Well you better get used to it, as the racist old folks start to die off there ain't going to be enough angry white men to replace them." - godnessgracious2

    Pity, who will pick up the tab for you all then?...

  • NotFromHere Sep 5, 2012

    "given that there is around about 6 million voters in the state 30,000 is .005 percent.. how many people die every day in the state? kind of a useless stat to prove the non-existant voter fraud,,,," - 1983rs

    Geez where did you go to school and learn math? First of all, there are NOT 6 million registered voters in NC. Second of all, 30,000 out of 6 million is .5 percent not .005 percent.

    Since Obama won the last election by .333 percent, .5 percent would be more than enough to have put him over the top to win.

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