Debbie Riggs posts signs inside of the Graham Recreation Center on Monday in preparation for the first day of early voting later this week.
The local elections office has commandeered part of this municipal facility at 311 College Street in lieu of a county government annex at the intersection of Elm and Maple streets that has traditionally served as the county’s early voting location in Graham. The elections office is currently using the annex for storage in anticipation of its relocation to a new home along South Main Street.
In addition to the Graham rec center, area voters will also be able to cast early ballots ahead of next month’s primary at the Kernodle Senior Center at 1535 South Mebane Street in Burlington. Both of these locations will be open for voting from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on each weekday between Thursday, April 28 and Friday, May 13. Weekend voting will also be available from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7; and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.
According to Dawn Hurdle, the county’s elections director, the local board of elections broke with its customary preference for a non-Presidential election when it decided to mobilize both of these sites for early voting ahead of this year’s primaries.
“This is the first year when we’ve had more than one site during the mid-term [primaries],” she went on to explain.
Local Republicans will face the longer slate of candidates: 14 seeking to represent the state in the U.S. Senate; two newcomers for Congressional District 4, which is a new home for Alamance County voters; statewide races for one state supreme court and two court of appeals judgeships; and local contests for state house district 63, which is eastern and northern portions of the county; and countywide primary to narrow four GOP candidates to the top two.
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Meanwhile, Democrats have two races: 11 candidates running statewide for U.S. Senate; and eight seeking the nomination to serve as the 4th District Congressman.
Voting begins Thursday at 8:00 a.m.