A state-mandated “do-over” of the Republican primary for the District 2 seat on the Columbus County Board of Commissioners is happening today (Tuesday). Voters cast 138 ballots during early voting June 4-20. Polls opened this morning at 6:30 a.m. and remain open until 7:30 tonight.
In the first primary on March 3, Mack Ward finished four votes ahead of Chris Smith, 307-303. Bernard White had 60 votes as the three men vied for the right to compete in November’s general election against incumbent James Prevatte, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary in March. Today’s balloting involves Ward, Smith and White.
Today’s repeat primary was ordered by the N.C. Board of Elections (SBOE) in April after that group decided that at the Welches Creek precinct on March 3, nine residents of District 3, in which there was no primary for county commissioners, voters were given ballots for District 2 and voted, although they were not eligible to do so. In addition, the audit revealed that at the North Whiteville precinct, one Democratic voter was given a Republican ballot for District 2 and cast that ballot, although only Republicans and unaffiliated voters were eligible to vote in the Republican primary.
Voting is taking place today at 10 polling places: Bogue (Hallsboro Fire Department, 753 Hallsboro Rd. S., Hallsboro); Chadbourn (Chadbourn Municipal Annex, 208 E. 1st Ave., Chadbourn); Tatum (WOW Lodge 18088 at 6847 Haynes Lennon Hwy., Evergreen); Welches Creek (Welches Creek Fire Department., 45 Mille-Christine Rd., Whiteville); Western Prong (Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 68 Mt. Calvary Rd., Clarkton), Whiteville 1 (Whiteville Rescue Unit, 106 Flowers Pridgen Dr.); Whiteville 2 (Vineland Station Depot, 701 E. Main St.); North Whiteville (North Whiteville Fire Department, 747 Peacock Rd.); South Whiteville (Abundant Life Church Fellowship Hall, , 5384 James B. White Hwy. S.); and West Whiteville (American Legion Post 138, 76 Legion Dr.)
The provisional vote review will take place July 2 at 11 a.m. The election canvass, at which time today’s election results will be made official, will be July 6 at 11 a.m.
See NRcolumbus.com and Friday’s edition of The News Reporter for the unofficial results of today’s election.