Absentee voting is underway statewide
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today is the first day of absentee voting, and this year, the Brunswick County Board of Elections received more than 14,000 absentee ballots.
Due to the pandemic, more people than ever before are voting somewhere other than the polls. Sara Knotts, the Brunswick County Board of Elections Director, says many people have reached out confused about the new election process and worried that some will attempt to vote multiple times.
“We actually are connected to all of our voting sights. So as soon as we check in that ballot, the voting site’s poll book is reflecting that that person has already voted,” Knotts says. “So if they showed up in person, it would flag them that they had already cast a ballot in that election. And they would not be able to cast a regular ballot.”
Knotts says she’s seen a lot of misinformation spread on social media, especially about the electoral process.
“Every election official in North Carolina, we are doing our best. We want safe, secure, accurate elections, and we prefer that if there are questions about the election or voting process to please call us and get the right information. Instead of just going off of what you read on Facebook or next door,” Knotts stated.
If you vote with an absentee ballot, Knotts recommends sending it in early to ensure you have a voice. For more information on voting in North Carolina, click this link.