Two days left for early vote is Scotland County

Staff report

LAURINBURG — Scotland County voters have today and a portion of Saturday to make their picks in congressional and judicial races ahead of the June 7 primary.

Early voting, which began May 26, ends Saturday.

Voters can still cast ballots at the Scotland County Board of Elections, located at 231 East Cronly St. Laurinburg, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A total of 138 ballots have been cast in Scotland County, as of Thursday afternoon. Low turnout was expected because there are few races on the ballot and because the primary was re-scheduled from its original date in March.

Scotland County Republicans have three choices for their party’s 9th Congressional District nominee for the November General Election. The county, which was previously included in 8th Congressional District, was placed in the 9th District following a court-ordered redo of the state’s congressional districts.

The 9th District incumbent Robert Pittenger faces Mark Harris, the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte, and Todd Johnson, a former Union County commissioner, in the June 7 Republican primary.

Democratic candidate Christian Cano, a Charlotte businessman, has no primary opponent and will face-off against the winner of the June 7 Republican primary in November.

All ballots include the non-partisan race for an associate justice seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Candidates include: Robert H. “Bob” Edmunds, the incumbent; Michael R. “Mike” Morgan; Daniel Robertson; and Sabra Jean Faires.

Unaffiliated voters can request a Republican, Democrat or unaffiliated ballot.

Voters will be asked to present a photo ID at the polls. Exceptions to the photo ID rule include voters who have a “reasonable impediment” to obtaining an acceptable ID, those with a religious objection to being photographed, or those who are victims of a natural disaster.

Acceptable forms of photo ID include a North Carolina driver’s license or state Division of Motor Vehicles issued ID card; U.S. passport or passport card; military ID card or veterans affairs ID card; and certain tribal enrollment cards with expiration dates, including for the Lumbee Tribe.

Scotland election officials also announced that there will be a special filing period set by the State Board of Elections for qualified candidates to file for election for Court of Appeals. Interested candidates may file from noon on July 11 to noon on July 15 at the State Board of Elections office at 441 North Harrington Street in Raleigh.

The filing fee for this office is $1,341.

All candidates will appear on the ballot this November and if elected will serve for an 8-year term.

Judge Martha Geer vacated her seat on the Court of Appeals in March, two years before the end of her second term.

Staff report

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