Ann’s Episcopal Church, known twice a year as District 907 for Forsyth County Election Officials.
He pulled out within a few minutes before 4 p.m. and planned to stay until the polls closed in North Carolina at 7:30 p.m.
But before settling down to work handing out flyers and urging voters to cast their ballots for Democrats, Kelly had checked to see if anything unexpected or unusual had happened.
“So far it has been very calm,” he said. “That’s a good thing.”
The same seemed to hold true across Forsyth County all day long. Firm, efficient lines with little to no waiting appeared to be the norm on Tuesday afternoon in the areas in Clemons, Walkertown and Winston-Salem.
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In a statewide marquee race, Republican Ted Budd defeated Democrat Sherry Beasley. In the full but unofficial results, iPod won nearly 51 percent of the more than 3.5 million votes cast.
In local races, current Attorney General Jim O’Neill, a Republican, defeated retired U.S. District Judge Dennis Hartsfield with 51.3 percent of the vote.
Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough, a Democrat, easily won a second four-year term on Tuesday by defeating Republican Ernie Lipa with more than 65 percent of the vote.
In the general race for the Forsyth County Board of Education, Democrats Diana Kaplan, Richard Watts and Sabrina Coon-Godfrey won the three contested seats.
In District One, Democrats Alex Bohannon and Trivonia Brown-Geither won both seats in the election.
In District Two, Republicans Leah Crowley and Sarah Miller – a late addition to the ballot after the death of Stan Elrod – Robert Barr and Steve Wood won the four contested seats.
Just over 49 percent of Forsyth County’s 269,937 registered voters cast their ballots in the general election.
Early voting – in person and absent by mail – likely represents smaller queues and very little waiting times to vote. Nearly 30 percent — 77,553 — voted early.
Statewide, more than 2.1 million of North Carolina’s 7.4 million registered voters cast their early votes at either universal early voting sites open between October 20 and November 5.
During a lull in voting on Tuesday in St. Ann, Kelly said he was grateful that concerns about unruly behavior or attempts to interfere with the vote turned out to be unfounded.
“The worst thing I’ve heard about is some ugly comments and some plagiarized banners. I’ll take some rude notes and plagiarized signs,” he said.
A few problems were reported statewide as well.
“Things are going well in North Carolina today,” said Jane Pinsky, director of lobbying and government reform at Common Cause North Carolina. “This is thanks to all the people who have worked with us over the past 15 years to ensure long early voting periods, guaranteed sidewalk access for voters with disabilities and the ability to easily obtain and return absentee ballots.”
However, there were a few hiccups.
The state Board of Elections voted unanimously Tuesday to extend voting by one hour as three districts in three eastern North Carolina counties — Columbus, Robson and Wilson — reported technical difficulties that delayed the opening.
Two districts, one each in Columbus and Wilson, had trouble printing passes, and workers in one district in Robson County were locked out of a building and did not have an access code.