About 3,500 people have already cast ballots

About 3,500 people voted during the first week of early voting in Havelock, according to Craven County elections officials.

Residents can register and vote on the same day during the early voting period, said Pete Azzole, an elections assistant at the Craven County Board of Elections in New Bern.

Havelock has a little more than 10,000 registered voters, according to county election figures, but voters outside of Havelock, such as in the Harlowe area or Carolina Pines, can vote during the early voting period in Havelock.

Early voting continues through Saturday at the New Beginnings Ministry of Faith building at 30 Park Lane in Havelock. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“Anybody in line at 1 p.m. gets to vote,” said Azzole. “When the polls close at 1 p.m., we will mark the end of the last car in line of curbside and the last person in line outside the voting enclosure, and then we satisfy everybody no matter how long it takes.”

Lines were out the door when early voting started on Oct. 27.

“It was really busy of course in the beginning and then slacked off to a less hectic pace, but we have seen that all over,” said Azzole.

Azzole said there have been no irregularities in voting so far in Havelock.

To cast a ballot, there is no requirement for voters to present photo identification, unless the voter is not registered. In that case, a North Carolina driver’s license or the last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number is required to be fully registered, Azzole said. Same-day registration and voting is available only during the early-voting period.

Those who plan to vote on Election Day on Tuesday must be registered.

On Election Day, voting will be 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. Other area precincts include the Harlowe Community Center and the Township Six Volunteer Fire Department in Carolina Pines.

The presidential race is receiving national attention, but voters will also decide U.S. Senate and U.S. House races, along with state offices that include governor and lieutenant governor.

Local races include N.C. House Dist. 3 between Republican incumbent Michael Speciale and Democratic challenger Marva Fisher Baldwin.

The N.C. Senate Dist. 2 race features Republican incumbent Norman Sanderson and Democratic challenger Dorothea White.

The non-partisan race for Dist. 3B Superior Court judge pits Robert McAfee against Josh Willey.

The election also includes four Board of Education races that are voted on county-wide, including Stefanie King and Eddie McKeel in Dist. 1, Carr Ipock and Ashley Smith in Dist. 3, David Hale and Karen Fink in Dist. 5, and Joseph Walton and Sarah Benischek in Dist. 7. Fink had announced her intention to withdraw from the Dist. 5 race but her name remains on the ballot.

For more information about voting, call the Craven County elections office at 636-6610 or go online to the county elections website at www.cravencountync.gov/departments/elc.cfm.