Many early voters have a horror story to tell of long lines. But that’s what you get when Mecklenburg County sees it’s largest turnout ever for early voting. Mid Saturday afternoon, I had to go to the Main Library in downtown Charlotte to complete some research. Passing Plaza Road library, I saw a line snaking out the door down the side of the building.Arriving downtown, I decided out of curiosity to see how long the line there was to vote. To my surprise, there were only five people waiting to in line. As a person who has zero patience for lines of any kind, I wasted no time getting in that line. It took me more time to go through the eight page ballot than it did to stand in line. What a pleasant surprise.
The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative/libertarian think tank in Raleigh recently announced the results of of its conservative effectiveness rankings. State Sen. Eddie Goodall was ranked No. 1 (tied with Andrew Brock of Dist. 34). Goodall represents Mint Hill and Union County in the state senate. In the state house, Rep. Jim Gulley (Dist. 103) ranked 42 out of 122. Goodall is unopposed in the current election, while Gulley is challenged by unaffiliated candidate Mark Brody.
[singlepic=242,320,240,,left] According to Roger W. Kortekaas, direct communications director for Mecklenburg County government, wait times today for people taking advantage of early voting is an hour at most locations. So far, about 17,000 Mecklenburg County residents have voted early. If you are voting today, Kortekaas says the following locations have the shortest lines:
- CPCC – North Campus, 11930 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville
- Hayes Building (Ballantyne)11405 N. Community House Rd., Charlotte
- North County Regional Library 16500 Holly Crest Ln., Huntersville
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According to the State Board of Elections, there will be 850,00 new voters registered in North Carolina by November. The latest registration report stated that there are more than six million voters registered in he state. Around 2.7 million have registered as Democrats, and 1.9 million registered as Republicans. 1.3 million are unaffiliated. According to Gary Bartlett of the N.C. Board of Elections:
“Every urban county is going to be stressed.”
It used to be election season in North Carolina was a ho-hum affair. Republicans have dominated the state in presidential elections in recent years, so much so most presidential candidates don’t bother campaigning in the Tar Heel state. Not so this year. Barack Obama has spent $5 million in N.C. while McCain has spent $1 million. Change is happening elsewhere in the state as well. In one recent poll, Kay Hagen is up a whopping five points on incumbent senator Elizabeth Dole. And in the race for governor, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is leading Bev Perdue by a narrow margin. There have been only two republican governors of North Carolina in the past 100 years.
For years, Rep. Sue Myrick tried to bring an immigration court to Charlotte. Finally, she has gotten her wish. The court will be located at 5701 Executive Center Drive, which is off of Albemarle Road and will open November 4 of this year.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Rep. Myrick. “An immigration court will speed up illegal alien deportations. It will also help legal immigrants playing by the rules because they will no longer have to travel to Atlanta to deal with immigration matters.”
In next week’s Mint Hill Times, read about Rep. Myrick’s race with Democratic challenger Harry Taylor.