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Politicking Rules

The precinct polling locations for Blackwelder Park, Rock Grove, West Kannapolis, North Locke and West Ward II have requested no poll workers and no signs be placed on their property on election day.

At all other polling places, General Statutes 163-147 prohibits loitering, congregating, distributing campaign material or electioneering within 50 feet of the entrance to voting places.

Specifically, election-related activity shall be prohibited in a 50 foot buffer zone from the door where practical, but in no case less than 25 feet. Where practical, the county board will provide an area for electioneering.

Campaign organizations are responsible for the clean up of all literature and signs around the voting place after the polls close.

Political signs are not permitted in the right-of-ways of fully controlled access highways and may not be closer than three feet from the edge of the road’s pavement.

Individual municipalities may by ordinance prohibit or regulate the placement of signs on rights-of-way streets within their corporate limits.

Signs must not obscure visibility for motorists at intersection, must be no higher than 42 inches above the pavement, and must not be larger than 864 square inches.

No sign shall obscure or replace another sign.

It is a class 3 misdemeanor for a person to steal, deface, vandalize or unlawfully remove a political sign that is lawfully placed according to these standards.

By Andie Foley

The May primary for several local and federal offices will be held tomorrow from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at precinct polling places throughout the county.

The day comes just three days after a 17-day window of early voting. It closed Saturday, with 3.49 percent of Rowan County’s 94,330 registered voters casting their ballots.

Of these, 31.44 percent were unaffiliated, 46.18 percent were Republicans, 0.03 percent were Libertarians and 22.35 percent were Democrats.

Nearly 88 percent of unaffiliated voters participated in the Republican primary, meaning 73.73 percent of early votes were Republican.

Partisan races on the ballot this year include Republican primaries for North Carolina’s Senate District 33North Carolina House of Representatives District 83 and three seats on the Rowan County Board of Commissioners.

Carl Ford and Bill Sorenson are on the ballot for Senate District 33. Sorenson is an educator from Stanly County. Ford, who owns a broadcasting company, is currently a North Carolina House representative in District 76.

For North Carolina’s 83rd House District, newcomer and photographer Michael Anderson is challenging experienced state Rep. Larry Pittman, currently serving in the 82nd District.

In the county commission race, Craig Pierce, Michael Julian, and Jim Sides are challenging incumbents Greg Edds, Jim Greene and Judy Klusman.

Democratic primary races include U.S. House of Representatives District 8 and District 13 and North Carolina House District 83.

Candidates for U.S. House in District 8 are newcomers Scott Huffman, Frank McNeill and Marc Tiegel.

Adam Coker and Kathy Manning will face off for U.S. House District 13, and Senah Andrews, Earle Schecter and Gail Young for North Carolina House District 83.

A nonpartisan issue on the ballot is the city of Salisbury referendum: vote for or against the city leasing Fibrant broadband service to Hotwire Communications.

A nonpartisan election will also occur for the Kannapolis City School’s Board of Education in Area 1. Two seats will be on Tuesday’s ballot for Kannapolis residents.

Candidates are Kristina Tutterow Cook, Brenda McCombs, Jessica Dixon Touart, Janet E. Yvars and incumbent Daniel M. Wallace.

Find your precinct and polling location by visiting https://vt.ncsbe.gov/pplkup/.

In Rowan County, they include:

  • Barnhardt Mill
    West Park Baptist Church
    715 West Park Drive, Rockwell
  • Blackwelder Park
    Blackwelder Park Baptist Church Choir Room
    2204 Summit Ave., Kannapolis
  • Bostian Crossroads
    Bostian Heights Fire Department
    8211 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury
  • Bradshaw
    Atwell Township Fire Department
    5900 W. N.C. Highway 152, China Grove
  • China Grove
    China Grove Community Building
    412 S. Myrtle Ave., China Grove
  • Cleveland
    Cleveland Town Hall
    302 E. Main St., Cleveland
  • South Locke
    Locke Township Fire Department
    5405 Mooresville Road, Salisbury
  • East Enochville
    Enochville Fire Department
    808 N. Enochville Ave., China Grove
  • Faith
    Faith American Legion Building
    1015 Gantt St., Faith
  • Franklin
    Shoaf’s Wagon Wheel
    6430 U.S. Highway 601, Salisbury
  • Milford Hills County
    West Rowan Middle School Media Center
    5925 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury
  • Rock Grove
    Rock Grove United Methodist Church Fellowship Building
    1000 Rock Grove Church Road, Salisbury
  • Granite Quarry
    Granite Quarry Municipal Building
    143 N. Salisbury Ave., Granite Quarry
  • Hatters Shop
    Union Fire Department
    1470 Union Church Road, Salisbury
  • West Kannapolis
    John’s Reformed Church Fellowship Building
    901 N. Main St., Kannapolis
  • East Kannapolis
    Jackson Park Elementary School Multi-purpose Room
    1400 Jackson St., Kannapolis
  • East Spencer
    East Spencer Municipal Bldg.
    105 S. Long St., East Spencer
  • Landis
    Rowan Public Library – South Branch
    920 Kimball Road, China Grove
  • North Locke
    Salem Lutheran Church Fellowship Building
    5080 Sherrills Ford Road, Salisbury
  • Morgan I
    Pooletown Fire Department
    255 Richfield Road, Richfield
  • Morgan II
    West Liberty Fire Dept.
    135 St. Matthews Church Road, Salisbury
  • Mt. Ulla
    Mt. Ulla Station — West Rowan Fire Department
    781 Grampian Road, Mt. Ulla
  • Rockwell
    Rockwell American Legion Building
    8580 U.S. Highway 52, Rockwell
  • Gold Knob
    East Rowan High School Library
    175 St. Luke’s Church Road, Salisbury
  • Scotch Irish
    Scotch Irish Fire Department
    3220 Needmore Road, Woodleaf
  • Spencer
    Spencer Municipal Building Meeting Room
    600 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer
  • Steele
    West Rowan High School Auditorium
    8050 N.C. Highway 801, Mt. Ulla
  • Sumner
    Rowan County Agriculture Building Auditorium
    2727 Old Concord Road, Salisbury
  • Trading Ford
    Miller Ferry Fire Department
    2650 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury
  • Unity
    Woodleaf Fire Department
    3500 N.C. Highway 801, Woodlead
  • Bostian School
    Bostian Elementary School (enter at gate)
    4245 Old Beatty Ford Road, China Grove
  • West Ward II
    Maupin Avenue Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
    100 Maupin Ave., Salisbury
  • West Ward I
    Rowan Public Library (Main Branch)
    201 West Fisher St., Salisbury
  • South Ward
    Salisbury Civic Center
    315 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Salisbury
  • East Ward
    Park Avenue Community Center Training Room
    632 Park Ave., Salisbury
  • West Innes
    Knox Middle School Gym
    1625 W. Park Road, Salisbury
  • North Ward
    City Park Recreation Building
    316 Lake Drive, Salisbury
  • Milford Hills City
    Isenberg Elementary School
    2800 Jake Alexander Blvd., Salisbury (Gym)
  • West Ward III
    Miller Recreation Center
    1402 W. Bank St., Salisbury
  • West Enochville
    Enochville Elementary School Gym
    925 N. Enochville Ave., China Grove
  • Ellis
    Ellis Park
    3541 Old Mocksville Road, Salisbury



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