NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County Democratic Party Chair Richard Poole is expected to ask the county's Board of Elections Tuesday to schedule Sunday voting hours for the 2016 General Election.
The Board of Elections is holding a regular meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday to take action on the 2016 General Election Absentee One-Stop Voting Plan and other election-related matters.
"In the March 2016 Primary the Board of Elections made a significant effort to accommodate voters with busy schedules by making early voting available on evenings and weekends," Poole said. "In addition, for the first time since 2004, it scheduled early voting on a Sunday. For busy voters with family, work and school responsibilities voting on weekdays and Saturdays can be very difficult. For some religious groups Saturday is a day of worship. We need to make sure that we offer opportunities to vote on days and times which accommodate as many voters as possible."
Pool said statistics showed 612 voters were served on Sunday March 6.
"By opening voting at Government Center on Sunday, the Board of Elections was able to make Sunday the most productive day of the week for voting," Poole stated. "That makes it a win for voters and taxpayers alike. We urge the Board to adopt a plan with generous evening and weekend hours, including Sunday."