Website provides candidate, election info ahead of primary


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The head of the local League of Women Voters is encouraging northeastern North Carolinians to check out a new, online resource that provides voting information, including statements from local candidates.

League of Women Voters of Northeastern North Carolina President Terra Fox encouraged voters to go to Vote411.org to learn more about their elections, including the May 8 primary. Early voting for the primary started last week and continues at area county election offices through May 5.

A press release from the LWV of North Carolina further details the website “includes candidate questionnaires, customized ballots for voters, polling locations, as well as early voting dates, locations and times.” It is intended to be a “one-stop shop” for nonpartisan voter information, the release states.

League of Women Voters NC Director Louise Romanow also said the website offers candidates a place to present themselves without worrying about “spin or inaccurate editing,” and added the questionnaires are developed by local League members to help ensure candidates answer questions relevant to voters.

The website shows incomplete information for several prominent races in northeastern North Carolina. In the 3rd Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and challenger Phil Law, of Raleigh, responded to the League, but challenger Scott Dacey, of Craven County, had not as of Monday.

In state Senate District 1, Clark Twiddy, a Republican businessman from Dare, responded to the League, but state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, had yet to do so. The website also shows no responses from Democratic Senate candidate Cole Phelps of Washington County.

The website also had no information yet on the six candidates for Pasquotank County sheriff.

The League of Women Voters’ press release notes the website launched on April 8.