Early voting begins for Republican second primary


Swain County Board of Elections Office will have one-stop hours for the upcoming June 23 second primary beginning today, Thursday, June 4. One-stop will continue Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The only Saturday will be June 20 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. One stop will only be held at the Board of Elections Office.

Extra precautions will be put into place for the voters and the poll workers protection due to COVID-19.

The last day to request a ballot by mail is June 16. Absentee by mail can be used by any voter who is eligible to vote in the above election without leaving their home. The only requirement is to fill out a state absentee form and send in to the Swains County Board of Elections office. The required State Absentee request form can be found on the Board of Elections website or you may contact the Board of Elections office 828-488-6177 and one will be mailed to you.


Election Day

The second primary election day will be held Tuesday, June 23 from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

This second primary is for registered Republicans and unaffiliated voters who voted on the Republican ticket in the primary. The runoff is between Republican candidates Madison Cawthorn and Lynda Bennett for the GOP nomination for Congressional District 11. The seat was held by Republican Mark Meadows who announced in the spring he would not seek reelection and has since left the office to take a position with President Donald Trump’s administration.

The winner of the race will face Democrat Moe Davis, Green Party candidate Tamra Zwinak and Libertarian Tracey DeBruhl in the Nov. 3 general election.

If you have any questions in regards to the above information, or other election matters, please contact the Board of Elections Office at 488-6177.


Soil and Water filing

Filing for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor will take place from noon Monday, June 8 to noon Monday, July 6. As always, candidates have the option to file their notarized notice of candidacy and filing fee with their office by mail. If a candidate does not wish to file by mail they can come to the Board of Elections Office and file in person. BOE offices are following social distancing practices.