• 55°

Early voting yet to upset previous midterm records

SALISBURY — Friday’s cold, wet weather proved just enough to slow down Rowan’s steady stream of early voting, with close of business totals reaching just 1,067 throughout the county.

The daily total falls short of this season’s heaviest voting day — Oct. 17 with 1,607 voters — by just over 33 percent.

Despite the slow turnout, voter turnout totals to date have already surpassed turnout for the entire primary election. Some 12.8 percent of registered voters have cast their votes in the eight days of early voting, compared to the collective 11.26 percent cast this spring.

Rowan remains in line with statewide totals, which — despite races drawing national attention — continue to trail turnout for the last midterm election in 2014.

During the first eight days of early voting in 2014, 13,071 votes were cast. This year, early voting totaled 11,723 in eight days, with 497 absentee ballots received.

Eighth day totals for 2016 were 18,482.

If current trends continue, the most dramatic shifts could be seen in percentages of partisan voters this year.

To date, some 49 percent of early voters have been Republican, compared to the 46 percent in 2026 and 43 percent in 2014.

Their gain comes at the expense of Democrats, dropping to just 26 percent of the turnout from a 2014 high of 35. Unaffiliated voters make up 25 percent of the voting pool, on the rise from 2014’s 21.

Discrepancies in turnout have been attributed to an absence of statewide candidacies on the ballot: races for governor or U.S. senators, for examples.

Others have attributed a smaller turnout to Rowan’s sparse three sites for voting. In 2014, voters could cast ballots at the Rowan Public Library’s Salisbury Headquarters, the library’s South Branch in China Grove, the Rockwell American Legion Building, the Spencer Municipal Building and Cleveland Town Hall. Each site offered its own dates and times for voting.

This year, voting is available at the Board of Elections office (1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W. in Salisbury), Rockwell American Legion Building (8580 U.S. 52) and the Rowan Public Library South Branch (920 Kimball Road) only. Dates and hours for voting are uniform throughout the sites, running Monday through Friday through Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All sites will open for a special Saturday polling period from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3.

The general election will be held at respective polling places on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

To see a sample ballot and find your polling place, go to https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/ and fill out the online form.

Comments

Coronavirus

FDA says Pfizer COVID vaccine looks effective for young kids

Nation/World

Warrant: Baldwin didn’t know weapon contained live round

Crime

Blotter: Man charged with breaking into used car dealership, stealing Ford Mustang

Crime

Kannapolis man charged with accidentally killing foster brother

Business

Renting out Wrenn House is next on menu for Bell Tower Green Park

Local

City to purchase, replace floating aerator devices for wastewater treatment

Business

NC Community College president details importance of connection between businesses, educational institutions

Entertainment

Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired prop gun on movie set that killed woman

Coronavirus

CDC panel recommends expanded COVID-19 vaccine booster rollout

News

Truck driver killed after collision with school bus in Newton

Crime

Iredell County man charged with murder after three bodies found in burned Statesville house

Crime

Massive search for Laundrie ends as FBI identifies remains in Florida

Cleveland

Nation’s largest barn quilt mural to be unveiled in Cleveland on Saturday

College

Charlotte among six schools joining American Athletic Conference

Crime

Few details available after Kannapolis shooting claims life

Business

East Spencer apparel store will host free luncheon for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

College

Catawba College receives record $200 million contribution to endowment

Crime

Blotter: Bullet holes found at Salisbury home

Crime

Rowan Sheriff’s Office releases details of NASCAR driver’s assault at coworker’s home

Elections

Council candidates discuss city’s handling of ‘Fame’ relocation, protesting, pandemic

Business

Making Memore: Entrepreneurs harness power of Kannapolis’ Food Innovation Lab

Education

Shoutouts

Business

DuPont purchases Salisbury-based manufacturing business

Christmas Happiness

Christmas Bureau opens applications for families to get holiday assistance