So far, so good.
That is how Election Day appears to be going in Scotland County.
At mid-afternoon on Tuesday, voters at Precinct 10 in Gibson were able to get in and cast ballots without having to wait in long lines like voters in larger metropolitan areas of the Tar Heel state.
There were reports that voting was also a breeze at the Precinct 5 at the Johns Fire Station.
The county’s 10 polling precincts opened at 6:30 this morning and will close at 7:30 p.m. Results will be made public at the Scotland County courthouse as early as 8:30 p.m. There are some 2,700 precincts statewide.
“I love Election Day,” said Diana Altman of Laurinburg, who sported a “I voted today” sticker.”I wouldn’t think of voting early. I like the excitement of taking part on this day.”
There were a lot of Altman’s fellow citizens who disagreed about voting early. More than 8,000 ballots have already been cast in the county during the early period. County election officials expect an additional 5,400 people to vote on Tuesday.
Statewide, the number of ballots cast in-person during early voting reached 2.55 million as of Saturday, exceeding the record 2008 total of 2.4 million. Forty-eight percent of early voters in North Carolina were registered Democrats, while about 32 percent were Republicans.
Poll workers across North Carolina reported few problems during the morning, and none of them disrupted voting for long. Several precincts had machines that didn’t boot up properly, and law enforcement quickly determined a bomb threat to three unspecified Cumberland County precincts was a hoax, said State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett.
It was a cold and cloudy Election Day across the state, but turnout was steady.
“There’s been snow reported in the mountains, but that has not deterred voters,” Bartlett said.