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Early voting underway


Updated Oct. 23, 11:20 a.m.

One Stop early voting opens, continues through Nov. 1

There will be opportunities starting this week for Alexander County’s 24,201 registered voters to participate in the 2014 General Election as early voting begins Thursday morning, Oct. 23, at the Alexander County Board of Elections Office. The office is located at 370 1st Ave. SW in Taylorsville. 

The Taylorsville site will have early voting Oct. 23-24 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 27-31, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A second early voting site will be held at Bethlehem Fire and Rescue Dept. on NC 127 beginning Monday, Oct. 27, weekdays 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

General Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, when polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

No photo ID is required for this election (will take effect in 2016).  However, Board of Elections staff will be educating the public about the upcoming ID requirement.

Registering and voting on the same day is not permitted. According to the State Board of Elections, the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8 stayed a federal appeals court order that would have enjoined parts of North Carolina’s new voting law regarding same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. The vote was 7-2, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting. Election Day voters must cast ballots at their assigned polling location.

Attorneys for the State had requested a stay earlier this month after a split-panel in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered changes to election procedures just weeks before the beginning of early voting.

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