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Election Day Brings Warm Weather, Clear Skies, and Steady Voter Traffic

Cars pack the parking lot at Belville Elementary School on Election Day, 2014.

North Carolina’s Board of Elections reported a larger-than-expected Early Voting turnout this election cycle.  But those high numbers didn’t appear to stem the tide of voters at Belville Elementary School in Brunswick County this Election Day. 

On a clear afternoon with temperatures nearing 70 degrees, cars packed the parking lot at Belville Elementary. 

Rich Leary says he arrived at 6:30 in the morning to hand out campaign literature.  Even at that hour, he says, voter traffic was steady. 

"And then at around 11 o’clock, we started to get, I think, the lunch crowd and it got quite heavy.  In fact, it was out and across the road here – all the way up into the bushes – probably about an hour wait or so."

That didn’t deter Jeremy Middlesworth.  He says he voted against the Constitutional Amendment on the ballot that would give people charged with a felony the option to waive a jury trial in favor of a trial by judge.   And, he says, he tries to vote in every election. 

"It’s important to me to vote ‘cause I think the people that reflect – you know – put a lot of the impact in your life are the people that you hire once a year or once every other year.  I hope there’s a lot of change (laughter).  That’s what we’re looking for."

The polls are open until 7:30 this evening. 

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.