The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 5, 2012

One-Stop collects 17,710 votes

The Daily Southerner
Calvin Adkins

TARBORO — The numbers are in and 17,710 registered voters exercised their right to vote and cast a ballot during the one-stop election.

The last day for one-stop voting was Saturday. Edgecombe County Board of Election Director Jerry Spruell reported all four voting sites were busy up until the final day.

"We had people in line up until 6 p.m. Friday and around 1 p.m. Saturday, 25 were in line in Rocky Mount," he said. "We've been extremely busy."

The voting season is not over for Spruell and his employees, as the polls will be open for the General Election from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

There is one local contested race, for the District 1 county commissioner seat, where incumbent Democrat Evelyn Powell is being challenged by Republican Ellis Cullifer. Commissioners Leonard Wiggins, Viola Harris and Jonathan Felton seats are also up but face no opposition.

There is also a quarter-cent sales tax on the ballot that will benefit Edgecombe Community College's efforts to build a biotechnology and simulation center on the Rocky Mount campus and a workforce training center on the Tarboro campus.

Although Spurell and his staff has been busy, they were not as busy as the 2008 general election. During that election, more than 19,000 votes were cast early. However, the board reported an increase of 1,000 registered voters in 2012 to boost the total number to 39,912. The largest increase reported was for the Democrats while there were also slight increases for the Republicans, Libertarians and unaffiliated voters.  

"Although we have been very busy, everything has been smooth," Spruell said. "Now, we have to get ready for Tuesday. We encourage everybody who has not voted to come out and exercise their right to vote."

Voting Precincts and locations

101 County Administration Building 201 St. Andrews St. Tarboro

102 Tarboro Church of God 412 Shirley St. Tarboro

103  Braswell Recreation Center, 1501 Western Blvd. Tarboro

104 Martin Middle School, 400 E. Johnston St.Tarboro

201 Conetoe Town Hall, 204 Church St. Tarboro

301 Ruritan Building, 102 Main St. Speed

401 Batts Chapel Church 5872 US 258 N. Tarboro

501 New Leggett Town Hall, 63, Draughn Rd. Tarboro

601 Red Hill Baptist Church, 15463, N.C. 33 NW, Whitakers

701 Phillips Elementary School 4371 Battlesboro-Leggett Rd.

801 Advent Church Fellowship Hall, 57 Lance Lance Macclesfield

901 Macclesfield Fire Department, 102 S. Third St. Macclesfield

1001 Pinetops Branch Library, 201 SE First St. Pinetops

1101 Lewis Fire Department, 6585 McKendree Church Rd. Tarboro

1201 Johnson Elementary School, 600 N. Fairview Rd. Rocky Mount

1202 Edgecombe Community College, 225 Tarboro St., Rocky Mount

1203 West Edgecombe Fire Department, 13555 NC 43 N, Rocky Mount

1204 J.W. Parker Junior High School, 1500 E. Virginia St., Rocky Mount

1205 OR Pope School, 226 Coleman Ave. Rocky Mount

1301 G.W. Bulluck School, 3090 Bulluck School Rd., Rocky Mount

1401 Memorial Baptist Church, 5399 Old Wilson Rd., Rocky Mount