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Primary Election Time is Here- Where to Vote

Richmond County Cooperative Extension Office, 123 Caroline Street - host site for early voting in Richmond County
Photo by Chuck Thames

RICHMOND COUNTY-  The primary election is upon us.  Early voting, which has been available for several weeks, will officially end this Saturday.

The last opportunities to cast your vote early will be Thursday May 3 and Friday May 4  from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and this Saturday May 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Richmond County Cooperative Extension Office at 123 Caroline Street in Rockingham. 

Election Day itself is next Tuesday May 8th. The polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. on that day.

The list of polling locations at the end of this article was provided by the Richmond County Board of Elections. If unclear about your poll location, contact the Richmond County Board of Elections at 910 -997-8253 or stop by the office during normal business hours at 221 S. Hancock Street in Rockingham. 

Important races in this year’s May election include nominees for the fall election for US House of Representatives. The primaries pit Republican incumbent Robert Pittenger against Mark Harris and Clarence Goins while Democratic voters will decide between candidates Dan McCready and Christian Cano for a chance to run in November. 

In the race for the NC Senate seat currently held by Tom McInnis, Michelle Lexo will face McInnis in the Republican Primary for a chance to run against Democrat Helen Probst Mills in the November general election. 

On the local scene, Democrats will pick four candidates out of the five running for county commissioner, including incumbents Don Bryant  and Herb Long and challengers Tavares Bostic, Peggy Covington and Rick Watkins.  The four successful Democratic nominees will then face Republicans Jim Entwistle and incumbent Ben Moss in November. 

The non-partisan Board of Education election finds seven candidates looking to grab one of four seats.  Running are incumbents Irene Pittman Aiken, Bobbie Sue Ormsby, and Joe Richardson.  Challengers in this year’s School Board race are Pat Campbell, Daryl Mason, JL McCullers, and Statha Osborne.  

Connie Kelly, Director of Elections said, “Early voting has been steady…not a huge turnout….typical for a primary.”  Kelly noted that as of Wednesday there have been 1,148 registered voters come out and cast an early ballot. Kelly finished up her comments saying,  “All eligible voters are encouraged to vote.  Still 2 1/2 days left to vote early and 13 hours on Election Day.”


Richmond County Polling Locations:

Rockingham #1     City of Rockingham Parks & Recreation (Browder Park)     1311 Rockingham Road     Rockingham, NC  28379

Rockingham #2     Leath Memorial Library (Calvin Little Room)                     412 E. Franklin Street        Rockingham, NC  28379

Rockingham #3 ** Northside Fire Department     209 Bear Branch Road     Rockingham, NC  28379

Wolf Pit #1            East Rockingham Senior Center     135 Safie 6th Street     Rockingham, NC  28379

Wolf Pit #2            Community Church Recreation Building     193 Mill Road     Rockingham, NC  28379

Wolf Pit #3            Cordova School     194 Church Street     Cordova, NC  28330


Wolf Pit #4            Ellerbe Grove Baptist Church     162 Ellerbe Grove Church Rd     Rockingham, NC  28379

Marks Creek #1      First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall     300 Charlotte Street     Hamlet, NC  28345

Marks Creek #2      First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall     200 Rice Street     Hamlet, NC  28345

Beaver Dam #1      Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall     108 McCoy Drive     Hoffman, NC  28347

Beaver Dam #2      Mt. Zion United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall     986 Ledbetter Road     Rockingham, NC  28379

Mineral Springs #1  Ellerbe Town Hall     108 W. Page Street     Ellerbe, NC  28338

Mineral Springs #2  Norman Community Center     107 East Moore Street     Norman, NC  28367

Steeles #1              Mangum Community Building     5838 Grassy Island Road     Mt. Gilead, NC  27306

Steeles #2**          Concord United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall     1031 Concord Church Rd     Ellerbe NC  28338

Black Jack #1         Mt. Pleasant Community Building     876 Grassy Island Road     Ellerbe, NC  28338

** New location

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