ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County election officials expect turnout to be mild as voters go to the polls today.
All polling places will open at 6:30 this morning and close at 7:30 p.m.
Connie Kelly, Richmond County elections director, said the turnout for early voting — a bellwether for the general election — was lower than anticipated.
A total of 1,649 voters, out of 30,522 registered voters, made it to the polls during early voting which lasted from April 24 until Saturday. In 2010, 3,721 voters turned up for early voting.
“We saw a very low turn out for early voting in comparison to four years ago,” said Connie Kelly, Richmond County elections director.
Kelly said that the turn out for early voting started off well. A total of 226 voters turned up on the first day of early voting, four higher than 2010, but the numbers started to diminish as time passed.
Kelly said it’s not exactly fair to compare the two elections since there was a highly contested race for sheriff during that year. There were also county commissioners that were on the ballot for the primary in 2010.
“You can’t really dismiss the U.S. Senate for this primary, but I think the real driving force for this primary is the school board and clerk of court election,” Kelly said.
Kelly is expecting voter turn out today to be moderate.
“Early voting is usually an indicator to the type of turnout we expect on election day,” Kelly said.
The Board of Elections will not be a polling location on the day of the election. Voters must vote at their designated polling location. Contact 910-997-8253 with any questions.
Polling locations today include:
City of Rockingham Parks & Recreation (Browder Park)
Located at 1311 Rockingham Road, Rockingham.
Leath Memorial Library (Calvin Little Room)
Located at 412 E. Franklin St., Rockingham.
Roberdell United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Located at 1304 Roberdell Road, Rockingham.
East Rockingham Fire Department
Located at 487 Airport Road, Rockingham.
Community Church Recreation Building
Located at 193 Mill Road, Rockingham.
Located at 194 Church St., Cordova.
Ellerbe Grove Baptist Church
Located at 162 Ellerbe Grove Church Road, Rockingham.
First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Located at 300 Charlotte St., Hamlet.
First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Located at 200 Rice St., Hamlet.
Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Located at 108 McCoy Drive, Hoffman.
Mt. Zion United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall
Located at 986 Ledbetter Road, Rockingham.
Ellerbe Town Hall
Located at 108 W. Page St., Ellerbe.
Norman Community Center
Located at 107 East Moore St., Norman.
Mangum Community Building
5838 Grassy Island Road, Mt. Gilead.
Parsons Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Located it 561 Teddar Road, Mt. Gilead.
Mt. Pleasant Community Building
Located at 876 Grassy Island Road, Ellerbe.