Election Day is Tuesday for Rowan County Council and Town Council elections – Salisbury Post
By Natalie Anderson
SALISBURY – With early voting in Rowan County now over, voters have one last day to vote in the municipal election on Tuesday at their nearest polling station.
The early voting period extended from October 14 to 30, offering 17 days including three Saturdays and two Sundays. On polling day, voting hours will be 6:30 am to 7:30 pm While the advance poll has taken place at the Rowan County Electoral Council office, the polling day vote will take place in the precincts. municipal. Voters can verify their nearest polling station by reviewing their voter registration information at vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup.
Since the early voting period has passed, voters who have not yet registered will not be able to use same-day registration and will not be able to vote.
Mail-in ballots must be submitted to the Rowan County Electoral Council office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday if hand-delivered. If they are posted, they must be postmarked before Tuesday. Rowan County Electoral Council has met every Tuesday since October 12 to compile the mail-in ballots, which totaled 54 last week.
COVID-19 precautions will be in place for this year’s election, but not as strict as protocols in place for 2020. The measures will include social distancing, individual pens provided to voters, hand sanitizer, and screens in plexiglass at registration stations. As in 2020, masks are encouraged but will not be mandatory. All COVID-19 protocols come from recommendations from the State Council and CDC.
Voting at the gate is available for seniors and people with disabilities. Voters at the curb must sign an affidavit stating that they cannot enter the polling station to vote.
Each of Rowan County’s municipalities will have an election this year, but not all are competitive. More than 60 candidates ran for 42 seats across the county. In Salisbury, voters will directly elect a mayor for the first time, with the option of Mayor Karen Alexander or Mayor Pro Tem Al Heggins. Alexander was first mayor from 2015 to 2017 and was re-elected mayor in 2019 after receiving the most votes. Heggins made history in 2017 when she was the first black woman elected to city council, then appointed mayor in 2017.
In the race for Salisbury City Council, candidates include challengers Rev. Anthony Smith, Jessica Cloward, Nalini Joseph, Jonathan Barbee and Harry McLaughlin Jr. as well as incumbents Tamara Sheffield and David Post. All four seats are up for grabs and have a two-year term.
To contact the Rowan County Electoral Board, dial 704-216-8140. The council’s website is rowancountync.gov/Elections.
Check out the Salisbury Post’s online voters guide, with links to articles and videos on salisburypost.com/2021-election-guide.
Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.