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Light voter turnout forecast for elections

Campaign signs clutter the sides of the road, candidates are busy making last minute appearances and the Board of Elections office is buzzing.
Primary elections are less than one week away. On Tuesday, Lincoln County voters will decide who they want to run for office in the November general elections.
Board of Elections Director Judy Caudill said she doesn’t expect a large turnout, predicting only 15 to 20 percent of registered voters will take part in the primaries.
That’s due to a couple of things, she said.
The postponement of this year’s election events could have an impact.
But the major factor is the lack of local candidates for Democrats, Caudill said.
“We do not have any local issues for the Democrats to vote on — they’re all state and federal,” she said. “We will have a higher percentage of Republicans and unaffiliated voters.”
According to Board of Elections statistics, Republicans outnumber Democrats in Lincoln County by 739. As of July 9, there were 17,701 registered Republicans and 16,962 Democrats.
Since March, the number of Republicans jumped by 285, with the total Democrats growing by 94.
The only local race is the Republican primary for three seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
Seven Republicans are vying for the chance to compete in the November elections for four-year terms.
Incumbents Larry Craig and Tom Anderson, former commissioners Terry Brotherton and Jim Hallman and three newcomers, Alex Patton, Albert “Danny” Glenn and Marie Moore will be on Tuesday’s ballot.
The three candidates who get the most votes will face a Democrat and Libertarian candidate in the November race.
Residents will also be able to vote for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, secretary of state, auditor, superintendent of public instruction, court of appeals judge, commissioner of insurance, commissioner of labor and N.C. Senate.
About 90 people have already cast their ballots using the one-stop voting option, Caudill said.
One-stop voting continues until 1 p.m. Saturday and is available for people who are going to be out of the county on the day of the primaries.
Caudill said roughly 90 absentee ballots have also been mailed out.
On Tuesday, residents can vote at their designated precincts:
Asbury: Boger City Fire Department, 410 McAlister Road
Boger City: Lincoln School of Technology, 180 Newbold St.
Buffalo Shoals: Maiden Wesleyan Church, 1111 Ivey Church Road
Cowan`s Ford: Salem United Methodist Church, 378 N. Pilot Knob Road
Crouse: Crouse United Methodist Church, 2376 Pleasant Grove Church Road
Daniels/Vale: Union School Building, 4875 Reepsville Road
Denver: Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 N. N.C. 16
Denver West: St. James Elementary School, 1774 St. James Church Road
Heavner`s: Howard`s Creek Community Center, 494 Howard`s Creek School Road
Hickory Grove: North 321 Volunteer Fire Department, 3769 N. Highway 321
Iron Station: Pearl Baptist Church, 4657 E. N.C. 27
Iron Station South: Fellowship Baptist Church, 2889 Long Circle
Lincolnton/North: Lincoln County Library, 306 W. Main St.
Lincolnton/South: James W. Warren Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St.
Lithia: Lincoln Medical Center, 200 Gamble Drive
Long Shoals: South Fork Volunteer Fire Dept., 2747 Southside Road
Love Memorial: Love Memorial School, 1463 Love Memorial School Road
Lowesville: East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Dept., 7654 N.C. 73
Lowesville West: Faith Baptist Church, 5194 Old Plank Road
North Brook I: Bess Chapel Church, 6073 Flay Road
North Brook II: North Brook Elementary School Gym, 642 N.C. 274
North Brook III: Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 156 Northbrook #3 School Road
Oak Grove: Oak Grove Community Center, 2701 Startown Road
Ore Bank: Pumpkin Center Middle School, 3980 King Wilkinson Road
Pumpkin Center: Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Dept., 2911 Lee Lawing Road
Salem: Salem Baptist Church, 1982 Salem Church Road
Triangle: East Lincoln Optimist Club, 8086 Optimist Club Road
Triangle East: Unity Presbyterian Church, 8210 Unity Church Road
Westport: Fairfield United Methodist Church, 7860 Fairfield Forest Road
Questions? Call the Board of Elections at 704-736-8480.by Alice Smith

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