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With robust turnout so far, message sent: Vote early / October 14, 2020
Vote now to avoid long lines on Election Day — that was the message Mecklenburg County Voter Registrar Jason Corwin delivered to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

He said yes, you may have to wait for a short while if you decide to cast your ballot early and in-person at the Registrar’s Office in Boydton for the November general election. He predicted the wait would be far worse on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Election Day. “We will be enforcing social distancing and cleaning the voting booths between electors. The number of people allowed inside the polling location will be limited. “This is being done for the safety of our poll workers and the public,” Corwin said.

Voter turnout is already up 200 percent over all of 2016, according to Corwin. His office fields over 100 calls each day of people asking about absentee ballots, early voting and the like.

Of the 2,200 absentee ballots requested so far, 1,100 have been returned.

Corwin reminded those coming to vote, whether it’s early or on Election Day, that you must present some form of ID. It does not have to be a photo ID, but it contains an address that matches the one on the voter’s record.

Corwin also shared that he is seeking an emergency relocation of one voting precinct site, the Gator’s Store on Highway 49 in Skipwith. He plans to move the voting location to Bluestone Middle School since the building is not currently in use by students. Corwin said the school provides better access for the elderly who in the past voted at Gator’s Store.

Supervisors approved the request to move the polling location, but Corwin also needs the School Board to sign off on the change before notifying voters. He said he’s already prepared the letters that will go out to each affected voter once he has final approval.

Supervisor Andy Hargrove sought assurance that every voter standing in line as of 7 p.m. would be allowed to vote despite not being able to cast a ballot until after the official close of the polls. Corwin said, “If you are in line at 7 p.m. you will be allowed to vote. If you show up at 7:01 p.m. even if there’s a line outside, that’s too late.”

At 7 p.m. one of the poll workers at each site is designated as the “end of the line” for voting purposes.

County Administrator Wayne Carter gave Corwin and assistant registrar Darcel Terry “kudos” for their extraordinary effort during this year’s election. In return, Corwin thanked Carter and the board for agreeing to fund a temporary worker to assist them with calls and mailing of absentee applications.

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