Early Voting Location In Carolina Beach Relocated Due To High Traffic

Early Voting Location In Carolina Beach Relocated Due To High Traffic

Early Voting Location In Carolina Beach Relocated Due To High Traffic Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:01

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY -  Early voting began Thursday October 15th in New Hanover County.
The polling location in Carolina Beach had to be relocated due to safety concerns.
According to Town Clerk Kim Ward the Town has concerns about pedestrian safety and accidents that have occurred in previous years during early voting.
Ward explained the Town had concerns over voters crossing over the streets with heavy traffic. Locals use the Town Hall property to cut through from Lake Park to 7th Street. The property has police cars, dump trucks and heavy equipment moving in and out all day.
Ward explained, "Voters were parking on the lot where the well site is located because we did not have adequate parking. Police officers were delayed in their response times leaving the campus because of traffic and pedestrians. Two non-reportable accidents occurred last year, one being a driver that backed out in front of a traveling police car. The Rec Center constantly receives complaints because their members had no where to park for three weeks."
She explained, "Poll workers expressed concerns about feeling unsafe because they only had one way in and one way out of the multipurpose room."
 She explained the Town decided to relocate the polling location to the Town's Community Center at 300 Cape Fear Blvd because no other options were available.
She explained, "I reached out to numerous local churches, the school, and Kure Beach.  No one had a facility that they could tie up for three weeks.  The Community Center was our only option at that point because the Board of Elections said that it is the municipalities responsibility to offer a free location if there is one available.  The pros in my opinion were that it was in the center of town where residents could walk, bike, or cart avoiding the main highway and freeing up parking spaces."
The New Hanover County Board of Elections has unanimously approved a One-Stop Voting Implementation Plan for the 2020 General Election consisting of six early voting sites. The One-Stop (also known as “early voting”) voting period began on Thursday, October 15 and ends on Saturday, October 31.  All sites will have weekday hours (Monday-Friday) from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition, the One-Stop sites will have weekend hours of noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, Sunday, October 18, Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. The final day of One-Stop voting, Saturday, October 31 all sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The One-Stop sites in New Hanover County are:
• NHC Government Center: 230 Government Center Drive, Wilmington in Suite 34 (on the west side of the building, facing College Road)
• Northeast Library: 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington
• Senior Resource Center: 2222 S College Road, Wilmington
• Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery at Cape Fear Community College: 200 Hanover Street, Wilmington
• Carolina Beach Community Center: 300 Cape Fear Boulevard, Carolina Beach
• McKeithan Center at CFCC North Campus: 4500 Blue Clay Rd, Castle Hayne.
Early voting allows registered voters to cast an absentee ballot in person prior to Election Day at any One-Stop location, versus voting at their specific precinct on Election Day. Residents who are not registered in New Hanover County may also register to vote during the One-Stop early voting period at any of the six locations. Curbside voting will be available at all One-Stop sites for anyone unable to enter the voting location due to age, physical disability, and physical barriers encountered at the voting place.
"If you prefer to vote in-person, we encourage you to vote early during our One-Stop voting period in October, because it will help prevent long lines and crowded polls on election day,” said Board of Elections Chair Thomas Pollard. “The process for this election, including the sanitation and social distancing protocols, will be different than ever before. So the more people we can get to vote early at a One-Stop site or through absentee by-mail, the better. We want to ensure everyone is safe throughout election season, and we also want everyone to be able to vote. So we are balancing those two priorities and will be working over the coming months to further refine our plans."
The New Hanover County Board of Elections is currently reviewing every aspect of the elections process to determine what changes will be made to ensure safe, accessible and secure voting for all voters in New Hanover County during COVID-19.
There are three voting options for voters to cast a ballot: absentee by-mail, in-person early voting, and Election Day voting. View details on each of these voting methods at NHCvote.com.
For more info, visit www.nhcgov.com

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