Early voting is going on now for town election
Registered voters in Bryson City can cast ballots during one-stop voting now for two seats on Town Board of Aldermen in the 2017 non-partisan municipal election and two referendums. Election Day is Nov. 7.
The following are competing for two seats on the board: incumbents Rick Bryson and Janine Barker Crisp and challengers Lisa Anthony, Robert Brian Duplak and Ben King.
Also on the ballot are two referendums for the town. The first is a permit for on-premises and off-premises sale of malt beverages, the second is for on-premises and off-premises sale of unfortified wine.
Only those who reside in Bryson City and are registered to vote qualify to vote in the election.
There are 1,076 registered voters. As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, a total of 36 ballots have been cast during early voting.
One-stop voting continues Oct. 26-28 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Board of Elections Office. Curbside is also available during one-stop.
On Election Day, the polling location is the Bryson City Chamber of Commerce building located at 210 Main Street. Polls that day will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Election results will be made official Canvass Day at 11 a.m. on Nov. 17.
For more information, contact Swain County Board of Elections Office at 488-6177.
Check your voter registration status online at vt.ncsbe.gov.
Referendum on ballot
The municipal election for Bryson City includes two referendums regarding the town’s permitting for the retail sales of beer and wine.
The questions will appear as a for or against vote. The first will permit for on-premises and off-premises sale of malt beverages, the second is for on-premises and off-premises sale of unfortified wine.
Beer and wine sales are already legal in Bryson City. The referendums would change the permitting process for beer or wine sales in town.
Voting for the referendums will make it easier for local businesses in that they permit they will have to get for the town will be for beer or wine as opposed to the current system, where retail stores that want to sell beer and allow customers to consume it on the premises have to get an ABC license and become a private club with a membership fee. The referendum would make it so these businesses only have to have a license for beer—providing for an annual cost savings of around $600 a year for these businesses.
Breweries and distilleries fall under a different state permitting process.
Town Board approved allowing the measure on the ballot in a 3-1 vote in July with board member Janine Crisp voting against.