Richmond County voters reminded of deadlines, early voting

By: Staff report

ROCKINGHAM — Voters intending to make changes before the next election have just a few days left.

The deadline to register to vote, switch party affiliation, or change your name or address on your voter registration is Friday, according to Elections Director Connie Kelly.

Early voting for the party primary and school board races begins April 19 and runs through May 5. Booths will be set up at the Richmond County Cooperative Extension office, 123 Caroline St., Rockingham.

Polls will be open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

In the Republican primary, voters will choose if U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger makes it to the November ballot or if it will either challenger Mark Harris or Clarence Goins Jr. They will also decide if state Sen. Tom McInnis or Whispering Pines Mayor Michelle Lexo faces off against Democratic challenger Helen Probst Mills.

Democratic voters will send either Christian Cano or Dan McReady to face the winner of the Republican congressional race; and pick four out of five candidates — Peggy Covington, Don Bryant, Tavares Bostic, Herb Long and Rick Watkins — to run for county commissioner in the general election.

Seven candidates are vying for one of four spots on the Richmond County Board of Education, including incumbents Irene Pittman Aiken, Bobbie Sue Ormsby and Joe Richardson, and challengers Pat Campbell, Daryl Mason, J.L. McCulers and Statha Osborne.

The school board contest is non-partisan and the election will be held May 8.

Staff report