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It’s Primary Day: Polls open till 7:30 pm

Rodney Carmichael, Ronda Carmichael

May 8. Turnout is light at polling places around Cornelius on Primary Day. At Jetton Park, there was one voter between 6:30 am and 7 am. By 7:30 am, only about 18 voters had come through Town Hall, according to campaign workers outside.

Turnout for One Stop/Early Voting was high—more than 20,000 in Mecklenburg County. Polls are open today until 7:30 pm. One of the heated contests in for County Sheriff. Rodney Carmichael and Ronda Carmichael, the son and wife of incumbent Irwin Carmichael, posted themselves outside Jetton (Precinct 242) at 6:30 am. There was only one voter, this reporter.

This is the first time Precinct 242 votes in the new Waterfront Hall. It’s an architectural gem.


Carl Jackson, Cathy McFadden, Jeff Davis at Town Hall

County Commission: A total of seven candidates are seeking one of three places on the ballot. The candidates include incumbents Pat Cotham, Trevor Fuller, and Ella Scarborough, along with challengers Jamie Hildreth, Tigress Sydney Acute McDaniel, Ray McKinnon and Gerenda Davis.

Sheriff: Incumbent Irwin Carmichael is being challenged by Garry L McFadden and Antoine M Ensley.

District Attorney: Incumbent Spencer Merriweather is being challenged by Toussaint C Romain.

US House District 12: Incumbent Alma Adams is being challenged by Gabe Ortiz., 5-NC House District 98: Candidates are Branden Rosenlieb and Christy Clark. (Incumbent is Republican John Bradford)


US House District 12: Candidates are Carl Perrson, Paul Wright and Paul Bonham. (Incumbent is Democrat Alma Adams).

Republicans can vote in the GOP primaries; Democrats in the Democratic contests and unaffiliated voters can vote in either primary. However, unaffiliated voters can only vote in one of the two primaries.

More info: Mecklenburg County Board of Elections: 704-336-2133.

In a multicandidate primar​y​, a winner needs only 30 percent of the vote. ​It means fewer runoffs​.​