Election officials monitor weather

October 30, 2012 

Hurricane Sandy’s tidal surges and heavy rain disrupted early voting in some North Carolina counties, but state election officials say most are working to keep voting on schedule.

Dare County canceled early voting at each of its three locations on Monday, and an official said the county hopes to re-open Tuesday – but that it was dependent on the floods.

“Tide is rising very fast across the causeway and Wanchese,” said Melva Garrison, county election director. “Hatteras is already flooded, and the roads on Hatteras Island have been compromised.”

Ocracoke Island in Hyde County was set to have weekend early voting on Saturday, but the plan was nixed.

Gary Bartlett, state elections director, said it is unlikely that it will be possible to reschedule for this weekend, but the main elections office in Hyde has remained open.

On the other side of the state, Alleghany County elections director Kate Cosner said snow started to fall around noon Monday.

She said the plan is to stay open unless the county administration closed its office buildings.

“We’re open as of right now, but that of course could change by tomorrow,” Cosner said.

Staff writer Austin Baird

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