Early voting for the Tuesday, July 26 Greensboro City Council election ends Saturday, July 23 at 3 p.m. at all early voting sites.
Predictions were that voter turnout for this unique summer City Council election would be low, and the early voting totals so far indicate those predictions will be accurate.
Through Wednesday, July 20, a total of 8,018 people had voted at the six early voting sites. The record for low voter turnout is the Griffin Recreation Center, where a total of 652 people had voted through Wednesday. Griffin Recreation Center also holds the record for the lowest daily vote total. On Sunday, July 17, during the seven hours the poll was open, only 11 people voted at Griffin Recreation Center.
Lewis Recreation Center has been the most popular early voting site with a total of 2,162 people casting their ballots there through Wednesday.
As election day gets closer, more people are taking advantage of early voting. The three heaviest days of early voting have been Monday, July 18 with 807 ballots cast, Tuesday, July 19 with 1,008 and Wednesday, July 20 with 951.
The slowest early voting day so far has been Sunday, July 17 with only 255 votes cast at the five early voting sites that were open. The site in the Carolyn Coleman Conference Room in the Old Guilford County Court House was closed.
The top of the ballot usually has a large influence on voter turnout and the top of this ballot is the mayoral race with Mayor Nancy Vaughan and District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling, both running active campaigns.
The mayoral race became more interesting on June 13 when Chris Meadows announced a write-in campaign for mayor. The late start and the disadvantage of not having his name on the ballot puts Meadows at a distinct disadvantage, but Meadows has been advertising and active on social media.
Meadows has also gotten some help from the Guilford County Republican Party, which sent out a mailer asking people to write-in Meadows and vote for At-large City Council candidate Katie Rossabi, District 4 City Council candidate Thurston Reeder and District 5 City Council candidate Tony Wilkins.
Because City Council elections are nonpartisan, it is unusual but not unprecedented for political parties to take an active role in the campaign.
This election is rigged and planned for this time of year knowing there would be fewer number of voters to control. These persons in office have planned this for a long time to remain in office. I’m sure that the end result is already decided. Voting is a waste of time.
You sound like Trump. The low turnout could advantage both sides if they take a get the vote out approach.
Thanks again for putting Trump’s name out there. We Trump supports thank you.
If the election is rigged as you say by having the election in July, then the voter knows in advance. Therefore, the resident for sure votes to thwart the scheme. The response should be to vote for Chris Meadows, write-in candidate, and Katie Rossabi. Early voting ends 7/23/22. Election day is Tuesday 7/26/22. You have time and opportunity to vote for Meadows and Rossabi.
It seems the only way responsible, courageous law enforcement protectors can defend their given responsibilities is to allow themselves to be killed by the criminal. Of course the criminal can then commit other crimes, but it will prove the defender was heroically doing their assigned duty of protecting the public. The officer should be considered for a raise rather than termination.