State approves Dare early voting plan that includes Sunday

By on August 6, 2018

The state Board of Elections has approved an early voting plan in Dare County for this fall’s election that includes allowing voters to cast ballots on the last Sunday of October.

Meeting at Wake Forest University on Sunday, the state board approved on a partisan-split vote a proposal submitted by Dare County Board of Elections vice-chair Sandy Semans Ross.

Early voting sites will be located at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall, Fessenden Center in Buxton and the Dare Board of Elections office on Roanoke Island.

The Republican majority in the Legislature passed a law this summer that all early voting sites will have to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays starting Oct. 17, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday Nov. 3. Election Day is Nov. 6.

A number of local election officials across the state have said staffing early voting sites will be difficult under the 12-hour mandate.

County election boards were given the option to add four hours to the early voting schedule on a day of their choice.

Ross’ plan will have all three sites open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Republicans Donna Elms and Carole Warnecki, and Democrats Virginia Tillett and Ross, were unable to give unanimous approval of any of the proposals they came up with last month, which led to the state board being required to decide.

Elms, Warnecki and Ross submitted proposals that would close the Pitts Center as an early voting location. Tillett proposed keeping the Pitts Center in use, while Ross was the only to suggest Sunday voting.

The state board approved the Ross plan by a 5-4 margin, with all four Democrats and the unaffiliated member voting yes, while the four Republicans voted no.


  • MikeWilliams

    Sounds like Democrats are trying to make it harder for republicans to vote. Since they actually have jobs and all..

    Monday, Aug 6 @ 11:23 am
  • Frustrated

    What a complete waste of the taxpayers money! More than doubling the early voting hours and cost of staffing the voting sites! Really interested to see if it changes the Dare voting dynamics. Nothing has to date!

    People that VOTE/Vote!!

    Monday, Aug 6 @ 2:08 pm
  • Anniebelle

    All should be aware that the “unaffiliated” member who voted Yes on this plan, was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper (D). This IS a huge waste of taxpayer money, as there is ample opportunity to vote without adding Sunday hours.

    Monday, Aug 6 @ 7:24 pm
  • CorollaCat

    Like I always say, everybody calm down. Big deal. Who cares? Not me.

    Tuesday, Aug 7 @ 7:52 am
  • WombatNC

    @MikeWilliams – read the article again – how does early voting make it HARDER for anyone to vote?!; and to you others crying about wasting tax dollars – I call bs! Having free, fair and accessible elections (think people who work 2 jobs to support their families and can’t make it to the polls on election day) is what our country and state should be committed to. I know that this concept doesn’t include some kind of tax cut for the wealthy (whiners), but it does benefit people from both parties as well unaffiliated ones as well.

    Tuesday, Aug 7 @ 10:31 am
  • dave

    Republicans doing all they can to restrict voting. They don’t seem to have any ideas to help the average American. They operate under the motto: “If you can’t beat ’em, cheat ’em”!
    And seriously MikeWilliams, give me one FACTUAL piece of evidence that that early voting is harder for the conservatives/republicans any more so than the democrats.

    Tuesday, Aug 7 @ 12:02 pm
  • Thinking About the Future

    How refreshing to read some good news about the voting regulations being changed for the positive to help everyone get to the polls. Thank you for publishing it!

    Thursday, Aug 9 @ 6:36 am