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Polling locations for New Bern residents different for municipal election

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

Some folks in New Bern will not be voting at their usual polling places next week.

Because the city is holding a municipal election, where voters decide on their mayor and aldermen, there are fewer polling locations than a general election.

Of the 12 polling locations where people in New Bern would typically vote, only eight will be open on November 5, said Craven County Board of Elections director Meloni Wray.

"Customarily, in municipal elections, 100% of people normally do not come out and vote," said Wray.

Four polling places will be closed: the Rhems Fire Department, West of New Bern Fire Department , Township 7 Fire Department, and Township 7 Fire Department substation.

The approximately 200 people who would normally vote at those locations during a general election are assigned to vote either at the West New Bern Recreational Center or the Riverdale United Methodist Church.

"So we moved those because the number of registered voters is a low number where it doesn't warrant opening those polling locations," said Wray.

Wray says some people forget those four locations are usually closed for municipal elections, so letters were sent to remind people.  Rosa Coats is planning to vote for mayor on November 5.

"I have no problem with that at all. From my understanding it will save the city money," said Coats. Wray says it can be very expensive to run a polling place, especially when you count the salaries of poll workers, who sometimes work a 13-hour shift.

"It could save tens of thousands of dollars. Depending on how many locations are involved, how many staff are used, set up equipment," said Wray.

Wray says if your polling place was changed, but you didn't get a letter in the mail, you can always check the Craven County Board of Elections website to find out where to vote. Their website is: http://www.cravencounty.com/departments/elc.cfm

Wray says several other polling locations have been changed in Craven County.

  • Voters assigned to Precinct #12 Truitt, that normally vote at Little Swift Creek Fire Department, will vote at the #11 Bridgeton Precinct, Tri-Community Fire Department.
  • Voters assigned to Precinct #13 Ernul, that would normally vote at Little Swift Creek Fire Department, will vote at the #11 Bridgeton Precinct, Tri-Community Fire Department.
  • Voters assigned to Precinct #20 Fairfield Harbour, that normally vote at the Fairfield Harbour Fire Department, will vote at the #11 Bridgeton Precinct, Tri-Community Fire Department.
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