Election staff prepare for municipal elections

By Vicki Hyatt | Oct 07, 2013

As voters in Maggie Valley, Canton and Clyde gear up for a Nov. 5 election that will determine the outcome of hotly contested races in two of the three communities, the last day to register to vote is Friday, Oct. 11.

It’s a deadline that is mostly meaningless for this fall’s elections, however.

Robbie Inman, Haywood County’s election director, said changes in the election law that eliminate the opportunity to register during the early voting process have not yet taken effect.

A new voting regulation law has eliminated this process beginning in 2014, so complying with registration dates will be necessary to weigh in on an election.

The current early voting schedule will also change next year when the number of voting days decreases from 17 to 10. But for this election, voters in the municipal elections will be able to begin voting on Oct. 17 at the Haywood County Senior Center on Elmwood Way between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each weekday through Nov. 1. The site will open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, and polling sites in the applicable municipalities will open on Election Day.

While an early voting location is often opened in Canton, Inman said to control costs, only the Waynesville location will be open this year.

To vote absentee by mail, send a request in writing with your signature to the Haywood County Board of Elections, Annex II, 1233 North Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786 along with your name, both printed and signed, residential address, address to which the ballot should be mailed, date of birth and telephone or contact number.

In addition to aldermen races in Canton, Clyde and Maggie Valley, Canton will have a referendum about instituting staggered terms, as well as an uncontested mayoral race.

In Clyde, there are no contested races as incumbent Aldermen Carroll Mease and Jim Trantham run again for the board positions.

Sample ballots are available on line at www.http://www.haywoodnc.net.