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One-stop voting plan gets look

By Steve Herring
Published in News on September 4, 2012 1:46 PM

The state Board of Elections was expected to review Wayne County's one-stop voting plan today.

The state review was requested by Wayne County Board of Elections Chairman Joe Lofton, who wants the county's one-stop voting to include one Sunday.

The local board approved the one-stop plan by a 2-1 vote last month. Lofton, a Democrat, supported the addition of Sunday, while Democrat Chris Gurley and Republican Hal Keck voted against the proposal.

The state board has the authority to overrule the local board and could require one-stop Sunday voting.

Meanwhile, county residents will have the opportunity Wednesday morning to look over the Wayne County Board of Elections' plans for the Nov. 6 general election.

The public meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 209 S. William St.

The Board of Elections also plans to meet in closed session at the end of the meeting to discuss personnel matters.

The board's election plan includes one-stop voting from Thursday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 3, excluding Sundays.

The sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wayne County Public Library, 1001 E. Ash St.; First Congregational Church, 215 Sleepy Creek Road, Dudley; and Woodmen of the World Lodge 3733, U.S. 117 North, Goldsboro.

Satellite locations will be open during the final week of one stop, Oct. 29 through Nov. 3, at Fremont Town Hall and Johnston Ambulance Service on U.S. 70 West.