Updated 3:59 p.m.

James Smiley, of Jacksonville, said he votes every election and the Congressional race is of particular importance with voters deciding a vacant seat in Congress.

“This is a big election not only for North Carolina but for the country,” he said.

Crystal Herlocker, of Jacksonville, said as a Democrat in a largely Republican county, she wanted to be sure her voice is heard.

Debera Allen, chief judge at the East Northwoods precinct, said at about 12:30 p.m. approximately 350 voters had cast ballots at the precinct and voting had been steady.

 

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Updated 12:54 p.m.

Nearly 300 voters had cast a ballot at the Swansboro Rotary Club precinct as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Cindy Sales, the precinct’s chief judge, said they had a few voters waiting at the door when the polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and the voters were steadily coming in make to cast vote count in the special election to fill the vacant North Carolina District 3 Congressional seat.

Robin Daly, of Swansboro, said she had been a lifelong Democrat but switched to the Republican Party when Donald Trump ran for president.

First and foremost, Daly said it is important for everyone to exercise their right to vote. She voted Republican in the Congressional race because she supports the direction the party has taken regarding issues important to her.

“I was Democrat my whole life but I didn’t like (where) the Democratic party was going,” Daly said.

Voters also expressed support for the Democratic candidate.

“I think that if Americans don’t come out and vote, we deserve the result we get,” said Swansboro resident Patricia Clark, who voted early and was out campaigning on Election Day.

 

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The polls are open for the special election to fill the vacant North Carolina District 3 Congressional seat.

The 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.

Election Day continues as scheduled despite Hurricane Dorian hitting the North Carolina coast last week.

“Events like those we experienced the past few days show that elections officials don’t stop, even when a hurricane knocks at the door,” State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell is quoted as saying in a release from the NCBOE. “I encourage registered voters in the 3rd and 9th congressional districts and the city of Charlotte to vote on Tuesday if you have not done so already. Your polling places are set up, and election officials are ready to greet you.”

The NCBOE release reminded voters only those who reside in the 3rd or 9th Congressional districts are eligible to vote today, and same-day registration is not available. Those who need assistance or accommodations at the polls must request it and those unable to enter the polling place may vote curbside.

Voter photo ID is not required until elections in 2020, according to the release. If your name is not on the voter list you may request a provisional ballot.

Polls will be open today from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  On the ballot is: Democrat Allen Thomas, Republican Greg Murphy, Greg Holt of the Constitution Party, and Libertarian Tim Harris.

Election results will begin posting after 7:30 p.m., according to the NCBOE.

Precincts for Eastern North Carolina are listed below. If you're unsure of your polling place, call your local Board of Elections.

 

Carteret County

Board of Elections:

252-728-8460

1702 Live Oak St., Beaufort

Precincts:


Atlantic/Sea Level - Atlantic Fire Department, 967 Seashore Drive, Atlantic
Atlantic Beach - Town Hall, 125 W. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach
Beaufort No. 1 - Boys & Girls Club of Coastal Carolina, 601 Mulberry St., Beaufort
Beaufort No. 2 - Board of Education Admin Office, 107 Safrit Drive, Beaufort
Bogue - Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 728 Bogue Loop Road, Newport
Broad Creek - Broad Creek Community Building, 110 Cactus St., Newport
Cape Carteret/Cedar Point - Western Park Community Center, Old Highway 58, Cedar Point
Cedar Island - Cedar Island Community Center, 2208 Cedar Island Road, Cedar Island
Davis/Stacy/Williston - Davis Fire Department, 595 U.S. 70, Davis
Emerald Isle - Community Center, 7506 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle
Harkers Island - Harkers Island Fire Department, 1219 Island Road, Harkers Island
Indian Beach/Salter Path - Indian Beach Town Hall, 1400 Salter Path Road, Indian Beach
Marshallberg/Smyrna - Marshallberg Fire Department, 109 Goose Pond Road, Marshallberg
Merrimon - South River Merrimon Fire & EMS, 1329 South River Road, Beaufort
Mill Creek - Mill Creek Fire/Rescue Building, 2370 Mill Creek Road, Newport
Morehead No. 1 - Morehead Parks & Rec. Building, 1600 Fisher St., Morehead City
Morehead No. 2 - Carteret County Health Department, 3820 Bridges St., Morehead City
Morehead No. 3 - Crystal Coast Church of the Nazarene, 4311 Country Club Road, Morehead City
Morehead No. 4 - Open Door Baptist Church, 227 N.C. 24, Morehead City
Newport No. 1 - St. James United Methodist Church, 1011 Orange St., Newport
Newport No. 2 - Holly Springs Free Will Baptist Church, 182 Holly Springs Road, Newport
North River - East Carteret High School, 3263 U.S. 70, Beaufort
Otway/Straits/Bettie - Woodville Baptist Church, 450 U.S. 70, Bettie
Peletier - Peletier Town Hall, 1603 N.C. 58, Peletier
Pine Knoll Shores - Town Hall, 100 Municipal Circle, Pine Knoll Shores
Stella - Stella Fire/Rescue Meeting Hall, 141 Morristown Road, Stella
Wildwood - Fort Benjamin Park Recreation Center, 100 McQueen Ave., Newport
Wiregrass/Harlowe - Harlowe United Methodist Church, 4261 N.C. 101, Newport

 

Craven County

Board of Elections:

252-636-6610

406 Craven St., New Bern

Precincts:


N1 George Street - Craven Co. Senior Services George Street Center, 811 George St., New Bern
N2 Fort Totten - Twin Rivers YMCA, 100 YMCA Lane, New Bern
N3 Grover C. Fields - Grover C. Fields Middle School, 2000 ML Kinf Jr. Blvd., New Bern
N4 H.J. MacDonald - H.J. MacDonald Middle School, 3127 Elizabeth Ave., New Bern
N5 Glenburnie - National Guard Armory, 301 N. Glenburnie Drive, New Bern
N6 West New Bern - West New Bern Recreation Center, 1225 Pinetree Drive, New Bern
2 Havelock - Havelock Tourist & Event Center, 201 Tourist Center Drive, Havelock
3 Trent Woods - Garber United Methodist Church Morris Hall, 4202 Country Club Road, New Bern
4 Rhems - Rhems Fire Department, 5860 US Hwy 17 S., New Bern
5 River Bend - River Bend Town Hall, 45 Shoreline Drive, New Bern
6 Clarks - West of New Bern Fire Department Station 3, 102 Industrial Drive, New Bern
7 Jasper - #9 Township Fire Department, 3783 N.C. 55 W.,m New Bern
8 Cove City - Cove City Fire Department, 425 S. Main St., Cove City
9 Dover - Dover Fire Department Annex, 100 N. Main St., Dover
10 Fort Barnwell - Forst Barnwell Fire Department, 9327 N.C. 55 W., Dover
11 Bridgeton - Bridgeton Town Hall, 202 B. St., Bridgeton
12 Truitt (votes at 13) - Little Swift Creek Fire Department, 4580 U.S. 17 N., Ernul
13 Ernul, Little Swift Creek Fire Department, 4580 U.S. 17 N., Ernul
14 Vanceboro - Vanceboro Fire Department, 375 N.C. 43, Vanceboro
15 Epworth (votes at 14) - Vanceboro Fire Department, 375 N.C. 43, Vanceboro
16 Grantham 1A - #7 Township Fire Department, 1705 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern
17 Croatan - #6 Township Fire Department, 109 Carolina Pines Blvd., New Bern
19 Harlowe - Harlowe Community Center, 125 Godette School Road, Havelock
20 Fairfield Harbour - Fairfield Harbour Fire Department, Community Center, 589 Broad Creek Road, New Bern
21 Brices Creek - #7 Township Fire Department Substation, 1815 Brices Creek Road, New Bern
23 Grantham 2B - New Song Church, 521 W. Grantham Road, New Bern

 

Jones County

Board of Elections:

252-448-3921

367 N.C. 58, Trenton

Precincts:


PO1 Beaver Creek - Wyse Fork EMS Building, 6721 Wyse Fork Road, Dover
PO2 Chinquapin - Phillips Crossroads Fire Department, 3085 N.C. 58 N., Trenton
PO3 Cypress Creek - Comfort Fire Department, 4255 N.C. 41 W., Trenton
PO4 Pollocksville - Pollocksville Fire Department, 209 Beaufort Road, Pollocksville
PO5 Trenton  - Board of Elections, 367 N.C. 58 S., Unit B, Trenton (temporary location)
PO6 Tuckahoe - Whaley’s Chapel Church, 8156 N.C. 41 W., Richlands
PO7 White Oak - Maysville First Baptist Church, 201 Main St., Maysville

 

Lenoir County

Board of Elections:

252-523-0636

110 S. Herritage St., Kinston

Precincts:


Kinston 1 - Carver Court Recreation Room, 301 E. Bright St., Kinston
Kinston 2 - Gordon Street Christian Church, 118 E. Gordon St. Kinston
Kinston 3 - Fairfield Recreation Center, 850 Greenbriar Road, Kinston
Kinston 4 - Tanglewood Church of God, 2103 Rousel Road, Kinston
Kinston 5 - Spilman Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Kinston
Kinston 6 - Teachers' Memorial School Gym, 500 Marcella Drive, Kinston
Kinston 7 - Grainger Place Apartments, 301 Summit Ave., Kinston
Kinston 8 - Holloway Recreation Center, 100 N. Myrtle Ave., Kinston
Kinston 9 - First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 711 Phillips Road, Kinston
Contentnea - Hugo Free Will Baptist Church, 3122 Grifton Hugo Road, Grifton
Falling Creek - Trinity United Methodist Church, 3768 Banks School Road, Kinston
Institute - Institute Methodist Church, 4821 Bryan-Hardy Road, LaGrange
Moseley Hall - La Grange Community Building, 410 E. Washington St., LaGrange
Neuse - Lenoir County Coop-Ext, 1791 N.C. 11-55, Kinston
Pink Hill 1 - Bethel Baptist Church, 236 Jonestown Road, Pink Hill
Pink Hill 2 - Pink Hill Rescue Building, 305 S. Central Ave. Pink Hill
Sandhill - Sandhill Volunteer Fire Station, 3216 British Road, Kinston
Southwest - Southwood Volunteer Fire Station, 1556 N.C. 58 South, Kinston
Trent 1 - Deep Run Volunteer Fire Station, 3582 N.C. 11 South, Deep Run
Trent 2 - Moss Hill Ruritan Building, 6902 N.C. 55 W., Seven Springs
Vance - Grace Fellowship Church, 327 Academy Heights Road, Kinston
Woodington - Smith's New Home FWB Church, 5851 U.S. 258 South, Deep Run

 

Onslow County

Board of Elections:

910-455-4484

246 Georgetown Road, Jacksonville

Precincts:


Bear Creek - Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 677 Bear Creek Road, Hubert
Brynn Marr - Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 910 Pine Valley Road, Jacksonville
Catherine Lake - Back Swamp Volunteer Fire Department, 2957 Catherine Lake Road, Richlands
Cross Roads - Southwest Volunteer Fire Department, 2031 Pony Farm Road, Jacksonville
East Northwoods - Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville
Folkstone - Folkstone Freewill Baptist Church, 133 Old Folkstone Road, Holly Ridge
Gum Branch - Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 173 Briarneck Road, Jacksonville
Half Moon - The Potter's House, 4805 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville
Haws Run - Calvary Freewill Baptist Church, 1022 Haws Run Road, Jacksonville
Holly Ridge - Holly Ridge Community Center, 404 Sound Road, Holly Ridge
Hubert - Hubert Volunteer Fire Department, 118 Hubert Blvd., Hubert
Jacksonville - First Presbyterian Church, 400 N. Bayshore Blvd., Jacksonville
Mills - White Oak Community Church, 6181 New Bern Highway, Jacksonville
Mortons - Grants Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 1401 Old 30 Road, Jacksonville
New River - Living Hope Community Church, 1310 Hargett St., Jacksonville
Nine Mile - Bethany Baptist Church, 1077 Nine Mile Road, Richlands
Northeast A - Enon Chapel Baptist Church, 333 Freedom Way, Jacksonville
Northeast B - Centerview Baptist Church, 1165 Piney Green Road, Jacksonville
Richlands - Onslow County Museum, 301 S. Wilmington St., Richlands
Sneads Ferry - Sneads Ferry Community Center, 126 Park Lane, Sneads Ferry
Swansboro - Swansboro Rotary Center, 1104 Main St. Ext., Swansboro
Tar Landing - Tar Landing Baptist Church, 3884 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville
Verona - Verona United Methodist Church, 110 Town Point Road, Jacksonville
West Northwoods - First Baptist Church, 1985 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville