SMT hosting forum Monday

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Smoky Mountain Times invites the public to attend a public forum for local candidates on Monday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the auditorium on the third floor of the Swain County Administration Building located at 50 Main Street (formerly the Federal Building).

The forum will be an opportunity to hear from candidates running for local office, including county commission, board of education and sheriff. 

SMT has moved the date from Tuesday to Monday at the request of local candidates.

Among topics to be covered at the forum but not limited to will be subjects on the ballot, including the ¼ cent local sales tax referendum. Other questions will consider life in Swain County and cover subjects such as addressing drug misuse, school safety and other concerns.

We would like to invite readers to submit questions for candidates in advance of the forum by emailing news@thesmokymoun 

The forum Monday falls before One-stop voting begins on Wednesday (see chart). 

The 2018 General Election is nearing. For North Carolina voters, the voter registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. 

One-stop voting begins next week starting on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and going through to Saturday, Oct. 27. With proof of residence, people can still register to vote during one-stop. They must register and vote at one stop if they are registering during that time. 

Election Day is on Tuesday, November 6. Voters can no longer to register and vote on Election Day. 

Anyone who is unable to come into the office, curbside voting is available during both one-stop and on election day. 

Check your registration by visiting and clicking on the link for voters, voter tools and voter lookup and can register on that site. 

Absentee ballot applications are also available online on the state website or the Swain Board of Elections site at

at the Board of Elections Office, located at 1422 US Hwy 19 South. Requests by mail can be requested until October 30. 

For more information, contact Board of Elections at 488-6177.

Smoky Mountain Times

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