Updated at 6:49 p.m.
A brief power outage in Swansboro Tuesday night caused only a minor interruption in voting as poll workers switched to a backup procedure, said Chief Judge Cindy Sales.
Sales said that power was out for about 35 to 40 minutes but they were able to proceed with voting during the outage.
She said the computers and tabulator have battery back-up and the outage only affected the printers, which are used to print out the authorization to vote forms. Since the computers were still working, poll workers switched to filling out the forms manually so that voters could get their ballots and proceed with voting.
Lighting was limited during the outage but they were able to use a number of flashlights if a voter needed more lighting to complete their ballot.
A generator was brought in but the power came back on as soon as it arrived.
Sales said the voters were very cooperative and training helped keep the process moving.
“It was just a little hiccup,” Sales said.
Updated at 5:21 p.m.
A power outage affecting polls in Swansboro was reported shortly after 5 p.m.
According to the Onslow County Board of Elections, power outages will not change the poll closing times.
In the event of a power outage, poll workers shift to checking voter identities and issuing Authorization to Votes by hand, instead of by the computer that would automatically generate them, BOE's Jean Rouse said.
Each voter's name and address are all stored in an emergency poll book that is used to confirm a person's identity.
Ballots will be cast the same way, but will be stored in a temporary emergency bin that can only receive ballots, not have ballots taken out before they are needed, Rouse said.
Once power is restored the ballots will be removed from the emergency bin and placed in the electronic counting machine being used throughout a normal, powered voting process.
Updated at 4:00 p.m.
Poll workers have reported a steady stream of voters at area polling locations.
Marine veteran Michael Hackstadt was headed back to work after casting his vote.
He has voted in almost every election he was eligible to vote in he said, this one being slightly more important to him than most.
“Voting is everyone’s right and you can’t force someone to vote,” he said. “When you vote you are saying, ‘this is what I want.’ Being able to say that your choice didn’t win is better than not casting a vote at all.”
Polls will remain open until 7:30 p.m.
Election Day is here and the polls in Onslow County opened at 6:30 a.m.
They will remain open until 7:30 p.m.
Onslow County Board of Elections Director Rose Whitehurst reported to the Daily News on Friday that 31,051 ballots were cast in the county as a part of early voting, which ended Saturday.
Voters are encouraged to check their precinct for their exact voting location by visiting ncsbe.gov.
Lines are expected to be long today, Whitehurst said in a previous comment to the Daily News, so patience will be important.