Early voting continues; election complaint filed

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

With early voting for the municipal primary in full swing, Lee County Board of Elections Director Nancy Kimble said operations have been smooth.

During the first three days of one-stop and early voting, 337 votes have been cast, according to a daily tally kept by Kimble.

Early voting will continue until Sept. 7 at the Lee County Board of Elections office, located at 225 S. Steele St. Voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 7. The voting office will be closed Labor Day, Kimble said.

All the municipal precincts will be open during the primary from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 except for Precinct C2. The 41 municipal voters in Precinct C2 (who typically vote at Tramway Elementary School) can vote at Precinct A1 at Southern Lee High School during the Sept. 10 primary, the Oct. 8 second primary (if needed) and the Nov. 5 general election.

All of the campaign finance reports — available on Lee County’s website, www.leecountync.gov. — have been filed on time, Kimble said, and one election complaint has been sent to the campaign finance department of the N.C. State Board of Elections.

Lee County Republican Chairman Charles Staley filed a complaint about the lack of disclaimers on some candidates’ large political signs Monday.

Staley declined to comment about the complaint but said in an email to Kimble that the 18-by-24-inch signs used by Sanford Mayoral candidate Chet Mann, at-large district challenger Chas Post and Councilman James “J.D.” Williams, all Democrats, and Sanford Matters, an organization in favor of the city of Sanford’s $14.5 million in bond proposals, required a legend. A legend or disclaimer identifies who paid for the advertisement.

According to the state’s campaign finance manual, legends are required in print, television and radio advertisements, billboards and fliers. Legends are not required on bumper stickers, barn posters and yard signs “approximately 14-by-22 inches and posters used in stores.” 

“We have been called out on disclaimers in the past,” Staley wrote in the email to Kimble. “I just want to ensure that everyone plays by the same rules. The sign should have a disclaimer put on them. That can be done with a sticker or a magic marker.”

Kimble said the matter will be addressed at the state level and not by the local board of elections.