There wasn’t much that I could ask Elizabeth Martin, the site coordinator for the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections at the Cornelius Town Hall. She is required to remain impartial and to facilitate the election process during the early voting period and on Election Day. But her passion is getting out the vote.


“I always want every eligible voter to vote.”—Elizabeth Martin 

As of noon, on Friday, October 26, 2018, over 81,000 Mecklenburg County voters had cast their ballots for the 2018 election. Cornelius Town Hall had over 6,600, Huntersville Town Hall had over 4,700, and the University Area at JW Clay had over 7,500. You can watch the numbers grow through November 3 at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections website.


When I voted this past Tuesday, several people were in a designated area handing out informational materials and talking with the voters walking into Cornelius Town Hall. North Carolina law requires that no electioneering occur within the area immediately outside the front entrance of a polling place, which is typically 50 feet (and no less than 25 feet) from the front entrance.


Lynn Miller, a volunteer for Democrats of North Mecklenburg County, feels this election is important and is so passionate about her ideals that she has signed up 6 times at 3 hours each to hand out information and speak to people during the early voting period.


“Passion. Passion for our grandkids’ education. Passion for the democratic process. Passion for women’s rights, which I thought I fought for long ago.”—Lynn Miller


Katie Reuben, along with her two sons, was there to support Howard Clark who is running for Superior Court Judge in District 26C.


“We are here today to support my neighbor. He’s not only a friend, but he’s given us a good perspective from his work as a teacher and a public defender.”—Katie Rueben


Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam was on hand and shared his passion for getting people to vote “Yes!” on the Cornelius Transportation Bond Proposal.


 “I personally support the bonds. It will cost the town $24 million and the town will get back $4 for every $1 the town invests. It moves seven critical projects up around 20 years. It’s transformational for Cornelius so we can start work sooner rather than later on our serious traffic problems.”—Mayor Woody Washam


For more details on each of the seven projects in the Transportation Bond Proposal, visit the the Town of Cornelius’ website.

Early voting continues every day through Sat., Nov. 3.

Mon., Oct. 22-Fri., Oct. 26: 7am-7pm
Sat., Oct. 27: 10am-5pm
Sun., Oct. 28: 1-4pm
Mon., Oct. 29-Fri., Nov. 2: 7am-7pm
Sat., Nov. 3: 8am-1pm