Early voting starts slow in Stanly

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In-person early voting for 2024’s March 5 primary election kicked off on Thursday, Feb. 15 across North Carolina.

Statewide, more than 340 early voting sites are open for early voting ahead of the primary.

“In-person early voting is one of the ways voters can cast ballots securely in North Carolina,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “The bipartisan election officials who work at each early voting site are prepared for a smooth voting process and to ensure the ballots of eligible voters are counted.”

There are 44,512 registered voters in Stanly County as of Feb. 17, according to the North Carolina Board of Elections. The county has just over 8,000 registered Democrats, more than 21,000 registered Republicans and close to 15,000 undeclared independents.

Over 113,000 votes have already been cast, with 884 thus far in Stanly County.

The county has two early voting sites open through the end of the early voting period, which ends on Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

Those sites are located at the Stanly County Board of Elections office at 1000 N First St. In Albemarle and the Joel Honeycutt Room at the Locust Town Center at 186 Ray Kennedy Dr. in Locust.