• 68°

Highest number of voters recorded Tuesday for a midterm election

Thousands of people flocked to the polling locations Tuesday to select the newest national, state and local leaders.

Rowan County’s voter turnout percentage was the highest in a midterm election since 2002, when 44.78 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. Tuesday’s general election turnout was the highest ever for midterm election in the Rowan County Board of Election’s recorded history. General elections in presidential years frequently top the total turnout from the 2014 race.

Rowan County has 92,375 registered voters and 39,224 showed up to vote — 13,705 of which voted in person during early voting.

Voters rose with the sun to take advantage of the right to vote and voting was steady at many precincts throughout the day, while others saw period of activity and other period with little to none.

Tina Kelly cast her ballot in Cleveland, where she lives. She said there were no races in particular that drew her to the polls after work, she came “just to participate in my right to vote.”

“I’m not really into politics, but I do have that right to vote, and I always come out to vote,” she said.

Geoff Siege, who voted in China Grove, said voting was an easy process.

“It was about normal,” Siege said. “I was most worried about the race between Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan. There was so much negative campaigning and it was a really hard decision.”

Rick Pinyan, who voted at the Bostian Heights Fire Department, said he was most interested in the U.S. Senate race. Like Siege, Pinyan said he was tired of negative advertisements associated with the race.

“There’s a lot of bashing going on both ways,” Pinyan said. “I’d rather hear what they’re gonna do rather than what the other person didn’t do. Be proud of what you do and don’t bash the other person.”

At nearly every polling place voters were met near the entrance by pool workers handing out campaign fliers. Many of the fliers were simply for a single candidate. Though, in the school board race, Phil Hardin, Dean Hunter and Travis Allen teamed up on a flier paid for by all three’s campaign committees. Three of the incumbent school board members also teamed up for a flier.

One significant change was in voting law caused a bit of confusion for some voters. A law passed by the N.C. General Assembly, in part, made provisional ballots illegal.

Several voters weren’t sent to other precincts after showing up at an incorrect polling place. Elections specialist Laura Russell said some of the confusion may have been by the locations used by early voting.

Judith Shepherd was among those told they weren’t at the right polling place. Shepherd lives in Salisbury, but said she’s always voted in Cleveland with her sisters. This year, she was turned away because of new restrictions in North Carolina voting laws.

The new laws prohibit out-of-precinct voting. In October, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that reinstated the practice. Elections workers told Shepherd she’d need to go to her home precinct on Sherrill’s Ford Road.

“I am doing my duty, and it’s tough,” said Shepherd, who was using a walker because she has three broken bones in her ankle.

But according to elections specialist Laura Russell not all provisional ballots are outlawed by the recently passed law. In fact, Russell said 160 provisional ballots have yet to be counted.

She explained that there’s five different reasons people could vote with a provisional ballot. Russell said two of the reasons are no record of registration or a list maintenance removal by the state or local board of elections. voting at a different polling place for convenience is not allowed, Russell said.

The Rowan County Board of elections has the ultimate authority over whether a provisional ballots counts or not.

But the provisional ballots aren’t all that’s left. Elections Director Nancy Evans estimated more than 200 absentee could be left to count.

Comments

Health

‘Nudge from God’: 10 years after diagnosis, Rockwell man to receive kidney from live donor

Crime

Salisbury police warn residents after increased trailer thefts

Education

Elon heightens alert as 32 test positive; Wake Forest in good shape to continue instruction as is

Cleveland

Corn picker catches fire at Knox Farm, destroying nearly eight acres

Nation/World

House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

News

Supreme Court vacancy looms large in 2nd NC Senate debate

Coronavirus

Additional COVID-19 death reported in Rowan; Cooper announces small business relief

Crime

Asheville man charged with heroin possession following traffic checkpoint

Education

Susan Cox conceding school board race, putting support behind opponent

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools will survey families, stakeholders about next superintendent

Local

Library to reopen for in-person visits Oct. 1

Local

Rowan Sheriff’s Office K-9s to receive bulletproof vests

Crime

Man charged with sex offense, raping teen

Business

Commissioners receive analysis of county’s development application process

Crime

Man arrested in Spencer in connection with Charlotte murder investigation

Local

County government losing assistant manager, social services director

Education

RSS will collect information on full K-5 return

Education

KCS sees smooth transition back to classes, unlikely to transition to all in-person for K-5

Nation/World

Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend

Local

Tillis says Trump will extend offshore drilling pause to NC

Coronavirus

12% of all Rowan COVID-19 cases currently active

Crime

Blotter: Concord man faces drug charges after hotel disturbance call

Crime

Rockwell teen charged with rape of a 14-year-old girl

Crime

Police: Charlotte man caught stealing funeral home employee’s truck