Candidates work hard on final days before Nov. 6


Democratic candidate for Pasquotank Sheriff Eddie Graham (right) speaks to a voter outside the county board of elections, Friday afternoon.


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Candidates for regional and local offices plan to be out en masse today, as early voting concludes at election offices across northeastern North Carolina.

Offices will be open from at least 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with offices in Pasquotank and Currituck offering a full day of voting, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For election day, voters will need to report to specific precincts, found by looking at one's voter registration card, calling their county election office, or looking up their information at ncsbe.gov. On Nov. 6, voting hours statewide are from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For the 11 northeastern counties of Senate District 1, turnout just through Thursday stood at 21.4 percent, according to the state data available Friday. In The Daily Advance's five-county coverage area, every county except Currituck had turnout of 22 percent or greater. Currituck's turnout only stands at 13.3 percent of its voters.

A review of voting for all of Senate District 1, shows that, of ballots cast so far, registered Democrats have cast 47.5 percent, while Republicans have cast 23.3 percent and unaffiliated voters have cast 28.9 percent. Those proportions have held fairly steady throughout early voting, though in the first days of early voting, Democrats were almost 48 percent of ballots cast.

The data also show that the average age of voters is about 60 years old, a slight improvement from an average of almost 62 a few days prior. Voters aged 18 through 40 represent only 13 percent of ballots cast so far.

Though candidates have collected many votes already, they need to collect many more through Tuesday night. That's driving a last sprint of campaigning throughout the region, including in Pasquotank County.

First-time candidate Josh Tunnell, a Republican, said Friday he's planning to be at the polls Saturday and then campaign at all of Pasquotank's polling sites on election day. He also expects to have supporters stationed at all the precincts, helping make his case that the board needs some change.

Tunnell is one of four candidates running for one of two at-large seats up for election this year. The other candidates are incumbent Commissioners Bill Sterritt and Charles Jordan, and another Republican challenger, Barry Overman.

In an interview at the polls, Jordan said he's giving his campaign his all. He's planning to attend numerous events over the weekend and hit all the county's precincts as well. He's been appointed to the board twice, once in 2010 and then this year to fill vacancies, and he's trying to convince every voter he'll be a dedicated public servant, he explained.

“Something I hope that gets through is that I want to represent all of Pasquotank County,” Jordan said.

Sterritt and Overman could not be reached for comment Friday.

Sean Lavin also plans a “marathon” of campaigning in the final days before Nov. 6. The Republican challenger is running against incumbent Commissioner Joe Winslow, a Democrat, in the Northern Outside district.

Lavin said he'll be attending community events, calling voters, and campaigning across the precincts covering Northern Outside voters on election day.

Winslow could not be reached for comment Friday.