Early voting in Henderson begins Thursday
Early voting for the Henderson municipal election will begin Thursday.
But before that commences, the elections board will hold a protest hearing on Tuesday afternoon at 4.
Faye Gill, the director of the Vance County Board of Elections, said details of the protest could not be disclosed other than to say it was filed by Garry Daeke, the incumbent running for the Ward 3 seat opposite Geraldine Champion. Melissa Elliott originally filed to run for the seat, but withdrew citing a new job.
Contacted Saturday night, Daeke said the protest is based on Champion’s residency. He declined to comment further and said he’s willing to let the election board decide.
Gill said the elections office at 300 South Garnett Street will be the only location for early voting, just as it has been each year previously.
Shortly before noon on Friday, Henderson’s list of active and in-active voters was at 10,256.
“It’s usually a small turnout overall,” Gill said of early voting.
The election includes four City Council seats. Residents in Henderson will be electing representatives for at-large Ward 1, at-large Ward 2, Ward 3 and Ward 4.
“In Wards 3 and 4, you have to live in those districts to vote for those candidates,” Gill said. “In Wards 1 and 2, everyone can vote for those.”
Sample ballots are on the state Board of Elections website at ncsbe.gov.
On the ballot:
• For at-large Ward 1, incumbent Sara Coffey and challenger Charles Douglas.
• For at-large Ward 2, incumbent Mike Inscoe and challenger Arnold Booth Jr.
• For Ward 3, Daeke and Champion.
• For Ward 4, incumbent Vernon Brown and challenger Fearldine Simmons.
The early voting period will continue through Saturday, Oct. 5. Between Thursday and the close of early voting, the times are:
• Thursday and Friday, Sept. 19-20, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday through Friday, Sept. 23-27, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday through Friday, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gill said the board’s office will not close for lunch during the early voting period.
On Election Day, Oct. 8, precincts involved will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
Any questions related to the schedule should be directed to the Board of Elections office at (252) 492-3730 or (252) 492-1647.
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