ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County voters may have the opportunity to vote on Sunday if the state approves an alternative plan submitted by the local board of elections.
Elections Director Connie Kelly said board members were split over a voting schedule plan at a Tuesday meeting.
While the board unanimously approved a plan to make the N.C. Cooperative Extension office in Rockingham the main polling site, members were divided on whether or not to allow Sunday voting.
The other two sites are Cole Auditorium at Richmond Community College in Hamlet and Ellerbe Town Hall.
Early voting is set to begin at the main site Oct. 23 and run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekday until Oct. 31, with voting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Voting times for the other two locations would 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29-30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 1.
Kelly said that plan was adopted by Chairman A.B. Brown and Haywood “Ernie” Walters.
But board member Carlton Hawkins submitted an alternate plan that would shave off an hour from Saturday at each location—changing the time to 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — to add a three-hour block on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the main site.
The board previously allowed Sunday voting, for three hours, during the 2012 presidential election, Kelly said.
Kelly said both plans will be sent to the State Board of Elections, which will hold a special hearing and make the final decision on the voting schedule.
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