Last day for one stop voting Saturday, Nov. 5
Despite all Franklin candidates eligible for re-election running unopposed, One Stop voting began for the 2011 municipal elections last Thursday, Oct. 20.
According to Kim Bishop, Director for the Macon County Board of Elections, as of Wednesday afternoon, only one citizen had voted in Macon County.
Bishop explained that because the municipal elections are considered non-partisan, the state mandates that an election must still occur to provide voters the opportunity to submit a write-in candidate on the ballot. “An election still has to take place to allow write-ins,” said Bishop. “Write-in candidates still must meet all of the requirements of someone running for office., like being a registered voter, and living inside the city limits.”
Alderman Bob Scott, whose unexpired term is one of the seats up for re-election, encourages citizens to get out and vote. “I think people should have the opportunity to express their right to submit a write-in candidate. It is the American way,” said Scott. “There have been U.S. Senate and House elections won by write-in candidates because people did not go out and vote.
Early voting will take place at the Board of Election office Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. The last day for One Stop voting will be Saturday, Nov. 5, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
According to Scott, he is unaware of any election held in Franklin or in all of Macon County to never have at least one opposition running for election. “I have two reasons why I think there are no other candidates,” Scott joked, “Either no one wants anything to do with us, or they think we are doing such a good job that they don’t think they can beat us.”
“For municipal elections, it usually costs about $3,000 from start to finish to hold the election,” explained Bishop. Although a state mandate requires Franklin to hold the election despite the candidates running unopposed, the cost of the election is funded on the local level.
According to Bishop, early voting will take place at the Board of Elections office Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. The last day for One-Stop voting will be Saturday, Nov. 5, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
One-stop, or early voting sites are established 19 days before an election to allow people who won’t be available on election day to vote prior to the election. A North Carolina resident who is qualified to vote but who misses the 25-day deadline for voter registration may register and vote at a One- Stop Site during the One-Stop Absentee Voting period. The One-Stop Voting period extends from 19 to 3 days before Election Day.
On Election Day, Nov. 8, voters in Franklin may vote at town hall from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.