Voters who haven't cast their early votes still have time today and tomorrow. Early voting ends on Saturday, but voters who don't make it to the polls by Saturday November 3, can vote on Election Day, November 6th.
In Mitchell County one stop voting is being held at two locations, the Town Hall in Spruce Pine and at the board of elections office at the Courthouse in Bakersville. Early voting hours in Mitchell County are from 8am till 5pm today and from 8am till 1pm tomorrow. There’s only one early voting location in Yancey County, at the Board of Elections office in Burnsville, from 9am till 8pm today and from 9am till 1pm tomorrow
Some races of interest to local voters include the races for County Commissioner in Yancey County and the race for open seats on the Board of Education and the County Commission in Mitchell County.
In Mitchell, Sam Blevins, Jan Thomas Hamilton, Jeff HHHarding, Keynan R. Phillips, Laura Smith and Gabe Woody are competing for two open seats on the Board of Education, while Republicans Jim Garofalo, Ken Hollifield and Keith Holtsclaw and unaffiliated candidates Rickey McKinney and Jerry Prosser are all vying for three open seats in the County Commissioners race.
In Yancey County Democrats Jim Edwards, Randy Ollis and Jerri M. Storie will face Republicans Duane Cassida, Marvin Holland and Jeff Whitson for three open seats on the Board of Commissioners.
Other contested races area residents are watching closely include contest for--- North Carolina governor: Republican Pat McCroy, Democrat Walter Dalton and Libertarian Barbara Howe--- N.C. House District 118: Republican Michele D. Presnell and Incumbent Democrat Ray Rapp-- N.C. Senate District 47: Incumbent Republican Ralph Hise and Democrat Phil Feagan-- U.S. House District 11: Democrat Hayden Rogers and Republican Mark Meadows.
Polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. All voting precincts in both counties will be open on Tuesday.