Voted early at the local county government center. Waited approximately 30 seconds in line going towards the end of the lunch break (but the volunteers told me it was the shortest line all week.) I had to walk through the sea of signs and campaign volunteers but I got to mark the box. I was in and out in less than 10 minutes.
I don't know the machine type, but it was a touch screen with a verification step at the end and a paper ticket with bar codes showing the vote. Besides President, we in NC have a senator on the ballot, the governor (of HB2 infamy) and pretty much all the local government.
I can't recall a more contentious year for local politics. At the state level, we are being hammered over HB2, the law that makes NC the nation's leader in government sponsored discrimination
. That has pretty much been the sole issue. My state senator sponsored HB2, so he has lost my vote forever. The governor has been telling religious meetings that he and his wife have been shunned over HB2
, so vote for him. Business groups are panicking as the losses over HB2 approach $1B. Even at the county level, things are crazy. Of five county commissioners, three are Republican, but one is nuts and drove one of his fellow Republicans to vote with the Democrats on common sense things. The nut guy then went full ballistic and published full page ads attacking the woman who switched sides, causing her to lose the primary
. Now someone has posted signs calling the other Republican woman a "harlot"
because she has been married three times, likely a dirty trick from the third Republican candidate who is vying for his first term but has been defeated before.
It's been crazy but at least it will be over.