Tom Joyce Staff Reporter
October 5, 2013
Early voting ends today for a primary election in Mount Airy which involves a seat on the city board of commissioners.
A polling site on the lower level of the Municipal Building on South Main Street offers a convenient, centralized location to cast early ballots.
City residents who delay voting until the Primary Day itself on Tuesday won’t have that option. “You will have to go to your precinct to vote,” said Susan Jarrell, director of the Surry County Board of Elections.
In addition to the one-stop absentee early voting site in Mount Airy, ballots can be cast today at the county elections office in Dobson, located on the lower level of the new courthouse.
The hours today for the city location are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with early voting in Dobson running from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Today is the last time someone who is not registered to vote can both complete that process and cast a ballot.
Those wanting to vote on Tuesday must either have been previously registered or met a Sept. 13 registration deadline.
Persons wishing to register and vote after that deadline may appear in person at a one-stop absentee voting site, complete a registration application form and provide proof of residence by presenting valid documents showing their present names and addresses.
The primary is pitting incumbent South Ward Commissioner Steve Yokeley against Jerry A. Byrd and Jimmy D. Mitchell. The first- and second-place finishers will face off in the Nov. 5 general election.
Yokeley said earlier this week that he wanted to stress the fact residents in all areas of the city can vote in the primary even though the South Ward seat is involved.
The positions of Mayor Deborah Cochran and Jon Cawley, a North Ward commissioner, also are affected by this year’s municipal election, but each is unopposed.
As of about 4 p.m. Friday, 82 people had voted early at the site in Mount Airy, where the service began on Wednesday.
Another 20 citizens had cast early ballots at the Dobson location, where one-stop absentee early voting began on Sept. 19.
Jarrell, the elections director, is encouraging city residents to vote in the primary, if not today then on Tuesday.
“I hope people remember the impact these candidates (can) have on their day-to-day lives,” she said.
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