The Caldwell County Board of Elections recently received approval from the North Carolina State Board of Election for some precinct changes designed to better accommodate the voter.
The majority of the changes will be to Lovelady Precinct 15 which is renamed Lovelady Precinct 34. Voters who had to travel miles out of their area to vote will now be able to vote at Grace Chapel Fire Department as part of the new Lovelady Precinct 34. The NC State Board of Election requires name changes for precincts when lines are redrawn.
The detailed changes are as follows:
Lovelady Precinct 15 has line changes and the name will change to Lovelady Precinct 34. Voters that live on the right side of Grace Chapel Road and below Looper Road will now be a part of this precinct. Also, voters that live to the right of where Looper Road intersects with Old Petra Mill Road will also become part of this precinct. Lovelady Precinct 34 will vote at the Grace Chapel Fire Department at 4548 Grace Chapel Road in Granite Falls.
Lovelady Precinct 28 will be renamed Lovelady Precinct 35. The only difference in this precinct is the voters affected by the line changes detailed in change number 1 above. This precinct will continue to vote at Dudley Shoals Elementary School at 1500 Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls.
Hudson Precinct 05 and Hudson Precinct 06 have been combined and are now known as Hudson Precinct 33. Voters which previously voted at Hudson Town Hall will now vote at the McCreary Recreation Center at 450 Redwood Street, Hudson, as part of Hudson Precinct 33.
Voters that vote at Globe/Johns River/Mulberry /Wilson Creek 07 that previously voted at Collettsville Elementary School will now vote at the Collettsville Fire Department at 5430 Adako Road.
Caldwell County will be conducting Municipal elections for those citizens of the Municipality of Blowing Rock that are within the Caldwell County borders.
All citizens affected will receive notification by mail of the changes.
One-Stop (Early) voting will start Thursday, October 22 and will end on Saturday, October 31. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Voters may choose to vote at one of three locations: Caldwell County Alden E. Starnes County Office Plaza, in the City/County Chambers, at 905 West Ave. NW, Lenoir; Caldwell County Public Library main branch, at 120 Hospital Ave., Lenoir or the Shuford Recreation Center, at 51 Pinewood Road in Granite Falls.
Voters may request that absentee ballots be mailed to them by using the North Carolina State Board of Election absentee ballot request form and mail it to the Caldwell County Board of Elections at PO Box 564, Lenoir, NC 28645. Absentee ballot request forms can be downloaded from the North Carolina State Board of Elections website at www.ncsbe.gov or on the Caldwell County website here. They can also be picked up at the Caldwell County Board of Elections office in the Caldwell County Alden E. Starnes County Office Plaza. Absentee ballot voting will end at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, October 27.
Voters may also vote at their regular precincts on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Polls open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact the Caldwell County Board of Elections at 828-757-1326 or 828-757-1342. # # #