Early voting for 2016 primary ends today

Staff report

LAURINBURG — Scotland County residents who haven’t vote, want to, but prefer to do so before Tuesday, have until 1 p.m. today get that done.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Board of Elections office, which is located at 231 E. Cronly St. in Room 305.

Maxton voters can cast ballots at the Gilbert Patterson Library, located at 210 N. Florence St. in Maxton.

A total of 2,086 votes had been cast in Scotland County by the end of voting on Friday. Of those, 1,537 were registered as Democrat and 537 were registered as Republican. The number of white voters was 1,072, while 919 blacks have voted and 56 American Indians have cast ballots.

Voting on Tuesday will take place from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Scotland County voters will cast ballots in the presidential primary as well as vote for governor, U.S. Senate, the local District Attorney and the Stewartsville school board seat.

Voters will decide whether borrowing $2 billion for scores of government construction projects makes financial sense and serves the next generation well or saddles them with unnecessary debt.

New voter identification laws are in effect. Before casting ballots, voters will be asked to present a state-issued driver’s license or identification card. Other accepted forms of ID include U.S. passports, military identification cards, veterans identification cards and some tribal enrollment cards, including for the Lumbee Tribe.

For information about voter ID requirements, visit voterid.nc.gov.

For information about Scotland County voting or to see a smaple ballot, go to/www.scotlandcounty.org/new-page-24.aspx.

Check laurinburgexchange.com for up-to-the-minute election results Tuesday night. Full results will appear online and in Wednesday’s newspaper.

Staff report

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