Monday, April 15

Early Voting Coming to an End, Ahead of 2022 Midterm Elections

ASHEBORO N.C. – There is just a little over a day left to vote ahead of the 2022 mid-terms elections scheduled to take place on November 8th, 2022.

Early voting in Randolph County runs today through 7:30pm and Saturday Nov 5th from 8am to 3pm. (View Early Voting Schedule Here) There is no early voting on Sunday Nov 6th or Monday Nov 7th as North Carolina Statute requires a break on those days, between the end of early voting and the start of the election. If you were hoping to vote by mail instead, the deadline to request a ballot ended on November 1st.

So far since early voting started on October 20th, 2022, over 22,000 residents of Randolph County have voted early. Thats on par with the last mid-terms in 2018 where 26,000 residents voted early.

The biggest question we’re going to get over the next few days is where my polling place is, not all the polling places are the same this year,” said Melissa Johnson, Director of the Randolph County Board of Elections. Johnson recommends voters use the North Carolina Board of Elections Voter Lookup Tool online. The tool allows voters to view their polling place and to see a copy of a sample ballot.

This year, the Randolph County Board of Election plans to use TextMyGov, a new messaging service to assist citizens in finding a polling place and answering questions. Citizens can text the number below or scan a QR code at the polling place to reach out to election officials to get help answering questions.

Although this election is a mid-term election and therefore there is no Presidential race on the ballot there are still plenty of high-profile and competitive races. According to AdImpact a company that provides a multichannel view of the TV ad intelligence universe through real- time monitoring of linear television, local cable, and other sources, an estimated ten billion dollars will be spent across the country on political advertising.

AdImpact’s 2022 Midterm Projections Spending Report

One of those races is right here in North Carolina as Democrat Cheri Beasley tries to challenge incumbent Tedd Budd for the U.S. Senate seat. Republicans overall have spent $43.8 million in ad buys just in the Beasley-Budd race, compared to Democrats’ $22.4 million, according to AdImpact.

On a more local level Dave Craven (R) is facing a challenge from Brooke Crump (D), Susie Scott (D) and Brian Biggs (R) are both running for the NC House District 70 seat being vacated by Representative Pat B. Hurley, and Sheriff Seabolt (R) faces a challenge from Sean Walker(D).

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