By Jesse Wood
During the lunch hour on Thursday, a few candidates were talking to voters and passing out pamphlets on the first day of early voting in the 2016 general election.
Boone attorney Josh Teague, a candidate for the Chief District Judge in the 24th district, incumbent Watauga County Board of Commissioner John Welch (District 2) and his challenger Elizabeth Shukis were standing on the corner of Water Street and King Street.
“We’ve been busy,” Watauga County Board of Elections Director Matt Snyder said on Thursday afternoon at about 3:30. “We’re up to about 1,000 voters with about an hour and half to go and things are going very well. We’ve had a good turn out today.”
For most of the first week in Watauga County, early voting is confined to the Administration Building (beside the courthouse) on King Street. Starting on Oct. 27, early voting will move out into the other one-stop sites on the App State campus, Blowing Rock, Deep Gap, Meat Camp and Cove Creek.
In Avery County, the only one-stop voting site is the Avery County Board of Elections office within the Avery County Courthouse in Newland. Early voting ends Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Same-day registration is available during early voting but not on Election Day. Also, you still have time to request an absentee, mail-in ballot.
See exact times and dates for early voting and sample ballots here.