Election board prepped for rush


Early voting for general election begins today


Robbinsville – Though a higher than normal turnout is expected, Graham County is as prepared as possible for the general election.

At Monday’s board meeting, the Graham County Board of Elections went through its final plans for the early voting process, which begins today and lasts through Saturday, Oct. 31.

The board has already commandeered the Graham County Community Building as its early voting location to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are followed. When voters arrive, they can expect to see social-distancing markers both inside and outside the facility, with masks, hand-sanitizer, personal pens and sanitized clipboards will be available once they enter the community room. 

Voting booths will also be kept 6 feet apart.

“We’re asking everyone to wear a mask, but we cannot require it,” board Chair Juanita Colvard said. “We’re trying our best to keep everybody as safe as possible.”

Curbside voting will also be available for those who opt to use it.

The county has also set up a MAT – Multi-Partisan Assistant Team, consisting of both Republicans and Democrats – which visited Graham Healthcare & Rehabilitation on Wednesday to assist with the voting process.

Residents came outdoors to cast their vote.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had to use a MAT team,” board Director Teresa Garland added. 

Anyone who has not voted by Tuesday, Nov. 3, can visit their assigned precinct on Election Day.