County residents can go to the polls this week
This year’s presidential election is still a few weeks away, but Jackson County residents will be able to start casting their votes for the nation’s chief executive as well as a slew of local and regional offices this week.
Starting Thursday, residents will be able to start voting early at the Jackson County Board of Elections office, located at 876 Skyland Drive in Sylva. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. From Monday through Thursday, Oct. 27, One-Stop voting will be accessible from 8:30 a.m. to
Starting Oct. 27, voters in Cashiers and Glenville will have access to an early voting station at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center, but the hours will be slightly shorter.
On Oct. 27, voting will be available from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Friday, Oct. 28, it will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 29, One-Stop voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The week before the election, the station will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, and from Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 4, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The last day to vote early in Cashiers is Saturday, Nov. 5, when residents can stop by between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Residents who are not currently registered to vote, but want to have their say in this year’s election, still have time.
“We are allowed to do same-day registration at the One-Stop sites. Not on election day, but during early voting,” said Mary Felzer, absentee and One-Stop coordinator for the Jackson County Board of Elections. “So voters, if they have appropriate ID, can register and vote on the voting machines on the same day.”
Felzer said the board is still trying to encourage voters to register to vote, and ID issues and other impediments to voting can typically be resolved in some way.
“Any voter that comes in, we’ll work with them so they can vote. Some of them may have to vote on a provisional ballot, but we’ll work with them,” she said.
Jackson County residents can also still request absentee ballots, by submitting a written request to the board no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Voters can access their specific sample ballot ahead of Election Day online, by visiting the North Carolina State Board of Elections website at www.ncsbe.gov and clicking on the “Voter Lookup” page under the “Voter Tools” tab.