227 ballots cast Wednesday

Staff report

April 30, 2014

LAURINBURG — The 227 ballots cast by Scotland County residents on Wednesday bumped the total votes collected since early voting began to nearly 1,500.

On Wednesday, the Board of Elections saw 186 voters, and 41 voters at Scotland Place, for a total of 227 voters. That number is down slightly from 277 voters on Tuesday and 290 voters on Monday, the busiest day the elections office has seen thus far.

While elections director Dell Parker said during Tuesday’s Board of Elections meeting that she had no qualms about utilizing non-traditional methods to keep a smooth and valid election process going in case of a power outage, Wednesday’s weather turned out to be tame.

According to Carolina Transparency, an organization that tracks voter data, the average age of the county’s early voters is 61, although the most votes have been recorded by 65- and 66-year-olds. Two 96-year-olds, the oldest recorded age, have voted thus far, as have two 19-year-olds, the youngest to vote in Scotland County.

The gap between black and white voters has narrowed slightly, with 59 percent of total votes cast by blacks and 36 percent, by whites. On Tuesday, those percentages were reported at 64 and 31, respectively.

Voters remain predominately women, with 59 percent of ballots cast, up from a recorded 58 percent on Tuesday.

Contested races include that of the U.S. Senate and Supreme Court Justices, as well as the local races of county commissioners; county sheriff; clerk of superior court and school board.

While those registered unaffiliated do not have many options in the primary election, such voters can choose to cast either a Republican or a Democratic ballot.

Early voting will continue on weekdays through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Board of Elections, and at Scotland Place Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Voting will also be held at the Board of Elections on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Voting on May 6 will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Polling sites will be open in all of the county’s precincts.

For information or to view sample ballots, call the county Board of Elections at 910-277-2595 or visit