Early voting expected to pick up closer to election

Reported by Scott Saxton email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Early voters have flocked in to the election boards in New Hanover and Brunswick counties since the start of one-stop voting last week, but other counties are seeing a slow start.

Only about 20 people have voted early in Bladen County through the first four days of the option.  Workers there credit little opposition in the municipal races, which leads to less interest from voters.  The only contested mayor's race in that county comes in the town of Tar Heel, where Angela Allen faces Ricky Martin.

In New Hanover County, officials say there have been about 500 early voters through the first four days.  One of the highest interest races in that county includes the race for mayor of Wilmington, where incumbent Bill Saffo faces challenger Paul Knight.

Brunswick County has collected 321 votes into its fourth day of voting, according to officials.  Workers there predict the one-stop numbers will be on par with previous years of early voting and may even be a little higher than anticipated.  Pender County has seen 128 early voters, but workers expect those numbers to pick up closer to the election.

43 people have voted already in Columbus County, where officials describe the early turnout as slow.

Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd.

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