General Election in two more days

Nov. 04, 2012 @ 12:00 PM

FOREST CITY — Rutherford County voters will elect national, state and local leaders on Tuesday, Nov. 6, as polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in all 25 voting precincts across the county.

Voters who show up at the polls on Tuesday and have not registered, will be able to vote only by Provisional Ballot. The ballot must be approved by the Board of Elections and will be counted, only after the canvassing of votes on Nov. 16 by the Board of Elections.

Early voters have come out in near record numbers at the three polling places — Board of Elections, County Annex and Ellenboro Fire Dept.

As of Friday at 12 p.m. more than 14,000 people had cast votes and the Democrats are out-voting Republican in Rutherford County.

"That doesn't mean they are voting that way," said Elections Director Debbie Bedford, reflecting on the 2008 election when Democrats out voted registered Republicans, but voted Republican. 

As of Friday 6,387 Democrats have voted and 5,210 Republicans; 2,714 unaffiliated and 22 Libertarian votes.

Winners will be announced by the Board of Elections Tuesday night as soon as the the polls close and all votes are tallied at the Board of Elections office.

Several candidates and their supporters will be at the Rutherford County Annex where they will see results on a large screen.

In addition to electing the President of the United States, a US Congress, NC Governor, Lt. Governor, NC House and NC Senate; the Council of State, and a number of judges; Rutherford voters are also electing members of the Board of Education, County Commissioners, Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor; the NC House District 112 Representative, the NC District 47 Senator, Register of Deeds and a Superior Court Judge.

Rutherford County native, Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is continuing his run for Governor, running against Republican Pat McCrory.

School board members Jackie Hampton, Ritchie Garland and John Mark Bennett are running unopposed but in District 1, incumbent Barry Gold is being opposed by Richard Louis Johnson of Rutherfordton and Darwin D. Little of Spindale.

In the race for County Commissioner, two new political newcomers are seeking the County Commissioner District 2 seat. Pruett Walden, Democrat of Forest City, and Republican Greg Lovelace of Bostic, are seeking the seat held by incumbent Susan Crowe, who chose not to seek re-election.

NC Representative Republican Mike Hager is seeking re-election to the State House and seeking to unseat him is Democrat Marc Brown, both of Rutherfordton.

Vying for a seat in the NC Senate are Democrat Phi Feagen and Republican Ralph Hise, who'll serve a six county area. The county's former State Senator Wes Westmoreland is representing Cleveland County. 

Register of Deeds incumbent Faye H. Huskey, Democrat is running unopposed.

Ronald Hawkins is running for the Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor.

Seeking a seat on the Superior Court bench are sitting District Court Judge Tommy Davis of Forest City and former District Court Judge Deborah Burgin also of Forest City. They are also non-partisan.