Hurricane Dorian caused some disruption in early voting days but the general election to fill the unexpired term of late Congressman Walker Jones will be held as scheduled.

Voters in 17 Eastern North Carolina counties will head to the polls Tuesday to decide who will fill the vacant North Carolina District 3 Congressional seat.

A special election was called to fill the unexpired term of the late Rep. Walter Jones, who died in February several months after beginning a 13th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

After two primary elections, voters are now deciding which of the candidates will be elected to complete the remainder of the two-year term, with the general election for the Congressional District 3 seat set for Sept. 10.

On the ballot is: Democrat Allen Thomas, Republican Greg Murphy, Greg Holt of the Constitution Party, and Libertarian Tim Harris.

Onslow County Elections Director Jason Dedmon said all precinct locations fared well through the hurricane and voters should go to their regular polling place to vote.

“Please come out and exercise your right to vote that many fought so hard to secure,” Dedmond said.

Due to Hurricane Dorian’s pass along the North Carolina coast late last week, early voting was extended to Saturday in the area to make up for the lost day.

Dedmond said 289 came out and cast a ballot on Saturday and Onslow County has a total of 3,187 voters for one-stop early voting.

Craven County Elections Director Meloni Wray said Craven County had 5,832 people, about 8.7 percent of the county’s registered voters, vote early.

“All elections are important and the turnout for the U.S. Congressional race is proving that people understand their votes count,”

Wray said they are predicting an overall turnout of 18-20%.

In Lenoir County, 2,576 people had voted as of the close of early voting on Saturday.

Lenoir County Elections Director Dana King said the storm did not create any issues at any of their polling locations and voters should go to their normal assigned precinct.

For any questions, voters should contact the Board of Elections office in their respective county.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

Reporter Jannette Pippin can be reached at 910-382-2557 or Jannette.Pippin@JDNews.com.