First Posted: 10/3/2009
DOBSON With a highly anticipated mayoral primary coming up Tuesday, county elections officials want to ensure theres no confusion about where citizens should vote.
Some people will be casting ballots in a municipal election for the first time this fall, because of annexation, while others will be voting in a precinct different than the one they visited for the last city election in 2007.
In previous municipal elections, only three voting locations were open on Election Day: the polling stations for the Mount Airy No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 precincts.
Two years ago, due to only a small number of city residents outside those precincts in the Mount Airy No. 7, 8 and 9 areas those voters were instructed to cast ballots at the Mount Airy No. 1 site. This arrangement was in place for that municipal election only.
With the recent annexation of residents into the city limits, the Surry County Board of Elections will be opening additional precincts for this years municipal elections, which include Tuesdays primary and the Nov. 3 general election.
In addition to Mount Airy 1, 2 and 3, the Mount Airy No. 4 and No. 8 voting sites will be open for voters.
Those residing in the Mount Airy No. 7 and No. 9 precincts have been sent a letter, by first-class mail, from elections officials instructing them to vote at the Mount Airy No. 8 polling location for this municipal election only.
The balloting sites include:
Mount Airy No. 1 the Municipal Building on South Main Street.
Mount Airy No. 2 L.H. Jones Resource Center on Jones School Road.
Mount Airy No. 3 Grace Moravian Church on North Main Street.
Mount Airy No. 4 Franklin Volunteer Fire Department substation on Greenhill Road.
Mount Airy No. 8 Faith Baptist Church on South Franklin Road.
More than 6,600 people are registered to vote in Tuesdays primary involving Gene Clark, Deborah Cochran, Paul Eich and Teresa Lewis. The two top vote-getters will square off in the November general election.
Final early voting totals also were released Saturday for sites at the Mount Airy Public Library and the county Board of Elections office in Dobson. The city location attracted 425 early voters and 32 visited the Dobson site. In addition, 25 mail-out ballots were reported, which must be returned by Monday at 5 p.m.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.