2017-10-26 / Front Page

Very slow voter turnout prompts registrar’s hunt for missing ballot casters


The Wilkes County Board of Registrars is currently looking for voters registered in the City of Washington.

“After six days of early voting, only 93 of the 2,323 registered voters have made their way to the courthouse to vote,” Registrar Debbie Anderson said. That was as of Tuesday morning this week. “Isn’t that sad,” she added.

Early voting began on October 16 with 20 voters that Monday. After that opening day 22 followed on Tuesday, 22 again on Wednesday, only seven on Thursday, 14 on Friday, and just eight on Monday of this week. “With just nine days of early voting left, I can only hope that everyone is waiting until Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, (their very last chance) to cast their ballots for city council representatives,” Anderson said.

Early voting will continue only in the voter registrar’s office on the ground floor of the Wilkes County courthouse through Friday, November 3, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Six candidates are running for election to three spots on the City Council. Two of those seats represent District One and one seat represents District Two.

Candidates running include Nathaniel Cullars, Kimberly J. Rainey (incumbent), Marion Tutt Jr. (incumbent), and Calvin Wiggs III for the two available seats representing District One. For the available seat in District Two, Robert “PeeWee” Armour (incumbent) and Lance A. Pitts are running against each other.

Voters in District One are reminded that they are electing two seats and should therefore vote for two of the candidates listed even though it is permissable to vote for only one.

“The screen will actually correct them,” Anderson said. “If they vote for only one in District One, when they get to the other screen, it will say, ‘You only selected one. You can select two. Do you wish to change this?’ So they can actually go back and change it, if they take the time to read it. And in District Two it won’t allow them to vote for but one.”

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