Published On: Thu, Apr 19th, 2012

Early voting starts in Cherokee

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.

ONE FEATHER STAFF

 

     North Carolina will have a primary election on Tuesday, May 8, but voting has already begun in Cherokee.  A one-stop voting precinct has been set up by the Swain County Board of Elections in the Cherokee Life Center. 

     “This voting site is for everybody,” said Joan Weeks, Swain County Board of Elections. “Anybody that is registered to vote in Swain County or would like to register is welcome.” 

Sample Ballot – Democrat

Sample Ballot – Republican page 1

Sample Ballot – Republican page 2

Sample Ballot – Libertarian

Sample Ballot – Non-partisan

     Ballots are available for Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians or non-partisan voters wishing to vote on the proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.  The amendment language reads, “Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” 

     The Cherokee one-stop voting site will be open Monday through Friday from 12-7pm now until Friday, May 4 and on Saturday, May 5 from 9am – 1pm. 

     Those not currently registered to vote can do so on site.  “Persons wishing to register and vote after the registration deadline may appear in person at the One-Stop absentee sites and complete the voter registration application form and provide proof of residence by presenting valid documents showing current name and address,” said information from the Swain County Board of Elections. 

     Weeks did relate that those voters who are currently 17 but will turn 18 by the general election in November will be allowed to vote in the primary, but not on the constitutional amendment as it will not appear on the general election ballot. 

     For additional information, contact Joan Weeks 488-6177 or swain.boe@gmail.com.

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