• 55°

Well-intentioned groups causing confusion, worry among local voters, elections director says

SALISBURY — A national nonprofit group trying to increase voter registration and participation may be doing more harm than good with its automated mailings, according to Rowan County Elections Director Nancy Evans.

The mailings, sent by the Voter Participation Center and including absentee ballot request forms, are being mistaken for unsolicited ballots and causing concern about voter fraud, she said.

But Evans said the ballot request forms are legitimate. They can be used to request that a ballot be mailed to your home — if they are correctly filled out and returned to the Rowan County Board of Elections by Oct. 30.

The forms can be mailed to the Rowan County Board of Elections at 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Suite D-10, Salisbury, NC 28147. They can also be scanned and emailed to rowan.boe@ncsbe.gov or faxed to 704-216-8145.

Evans said voters should be wary of unsolicited phone calls from people who claim to be with the Rowan County Board of Elections.

“There are a lot of groups out there that maybe they feel like they’re doing a good thing,” she said. “But sometimes they can confuse people more by calling and not getting the voter to understand what they’re calling for.”

Election workers will call only to verify information on already completed forms and will never solicit personal identifying information over the phone, she said.

Most often, such information will be requested by mail, as forms do not often contain phone numbers, she said.

The best way to avoid a phone call or follow-up request is to make sure forms are filled out in legible print, Evans said.

Register to vote

Still need to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election? Register in person or for an absentee ballot by Oct. 12.

You may also register and vote at one-stop, early-voting sites between Oct. 17 and Nov. 3. Early voting will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during that period.

Early voting will also be available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Early voting in Rowan County is at three sites:

• Rowan County Board of Elections Office, 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Suite D-10, Salisbury.

• Rockwell American Legion, 8580 U.S. 52 E., Rockwell.

• Rowan Public Library South Branch, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove.

Comments

Business

With remote expansion, outsource provider FCR looks to become an ‘exceptional part’ of Rowan community

Local

City expects $1.5 million surplus in current budget, ability to raise some wages for police, public works

Education

Enochville Elementary to host farewell event May 1

High School

High school softball: Carson beats West in a wild one

College

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will speak at NC State graduation

High School

Wonders, Trojans facing off Monday on Cannon Ballers’ field

Local

City approves two apartment developments, more than 160 new units

Nation/World

Crowds react with joy, wariness to verdict in Floyd’s death

News

Bill seeks to end pistol purchase permits from NC sheriffs

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees 300th death attributed to COVID-19

News

Chauvin convicted on all counts in George Floyd’s death

Local

Top North Carolina House finance chair, Rowan representative stripped of position

Crime

One charged, another hospitalized in fight between cousins

Local

Bell Tower Green renamed to honor Stanbacks; Nancy Stanback receives key to city

Business

Commissioners green light additional houses at Cherry Treesort in China Grove

Education

A.L. Brown will hold in-person, outdoor graduation

Local

Granite Quarry awards FEMA contract for Granite Lake Park

Local

City to vote on apartment developments, final phases of Grants Creek Greenway project

High School

High school football: North receiver McArthur a rising star

Columnists

Carl Blankenship: Pollen and prejudice make their return

News

Harris pitches $2.3T spending plan on trip to North Carolina

Nation/World

Murder case against ex-cop in Floyd’s death goes to the jury

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Man takes deputies on chase with stolen moped

Coronavirus

Afternoon, evening COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned Thursday