10/19/06 — Early voting starts in Wayne

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Early voting starts in Wayne

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on October 19, 2006 1:49 PM

From staff reports

Early voting began today in Wayne County for November's general election.

Registered voters can cast ballots at the Wayne County Library through Nov. 4. Hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. On the final day, voting will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Absentee voting also began today. From now until Nov. 4, residents will be able to vote at the Wayne County Board of Elections.

For more information on candidates in the upcoming election, visit the state Board of Elections Web site at www.sboe.state.nc.us or the Wayne County Board of Elections Web site at www.waynegov.com/boe.

Further information about the elections in Wayne County can be obtained by calling local Board of Elections at 731-1411.

Voters will have many options on this year's general election ballot. In the Wayne County Clerk of Court race, Democrat Pam Minshew and Republican Randy Winders are facing off.

Sheriff Carey Winders is seeking another term as he battles challenger Democrat Ken Edwards.

Some Wayne County voters can also choose who will represent District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Walter Jones, R-District 3, will be on the ballot against Democrat Craig Weber.

Two North Carolina House of Representatives seats will also be on the ballot, with Democrat Van Braxton and Republican Willie Ray Starling vying for the District 10 seat and Democrat Ronnie Griffin challenging Rep. Louis Pate for his District 11 seat.

The North Carolina Senate also has two races on the ballot this year. Republican Todd Siebels is campaigning for Sen. John Kerr's, D-District 5, seat. Sen. Fred Smith, R-District 12, is seeking another term, battling challenger Democrat Sherry Altman.

One Wayne County Board of Election seat will also be decided by the voters over the next few weeks. Incumbent Lehman Smith will try to retain his District 1 seat by fighting off challenger Dave Thomas.

The judicial races include two Court of Appeals seats and three N.C. Supreme Court associate justice seats.

Rusty Duke and Sarah Parker are campaigning for the N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice seat. Ronald Parks, Jesse Jernigan and Bryant Worley are vying for the two available seats on the N.C. Soil and Conservation District.