The Buncombe County Board of Election should spread its early-voting locations farther out into the county, especially northern Buncombe County, said state-senate candidate Don Yelton in a Friday, March 12, press conference.
Five of the county’s eight early-voting sites are located within the Asheville city limits, according to Yelton, a candidate for the N.C. Senate seat held by Sen. Martin Nesbitt. The one northern early-voting site — UNCA — means residents in the Woodfin, Weaverville, Jupiter, Barnardsville and Red Oak communities still face a long drive to vote, according to Yelton. He has secured permission to use the Jupiter Volunteer Fire Department as an early voting site starting April 19, he added. Early voting for the May 4 primary election starts April 15 and goes through May 1.
“The goal today was just to let the Board of Elections know there’s another site out there” available for early voting, Yelton said.
The early voting locations are: the Buncombe County Training Center on College Street; the Reuter Center at UNCA; a parks-and-recreation building on Gashes Creek Road; and branch libraries in Fairview, Leicester, South Asheville, West Asheville and Black Mountain. Xpress has contacted the elections office to ask for a response to Yelton’s criticism.
Go to the Buncombe County Board of Elections Web site for more information about this year’s elections.