Haywood County Voting Guide
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The North Carolina voter registration period closed on Oct. 9, meaning the focus now has shifted to the act of voting itself. Here’s a look at how you can do it — including how you can still register at an early one-stop voting location.
Early, in-person voting in North Carolina begins Thursday, and the Haywood County Board of Elections is focused on making every preparation possible to ensure people can vote safely.
As of 9 a.m. on Oct. 6, the Haywood County Board of Elections has received over 7,200 requests for absentee ballots.
As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 25, the Haywood County Board of Elections has received about 6,500 requests for absentee ballots and 2,064 ballots.
Haywood election officials have seen a massive increase in requests for absentee ballots — a development that is accompanied by an increase in duplicated requests and spoiled ballots.
Haywood County Board of Elections began the slow task of counting mail-in absentee ballots Sept. 29 by processing a whopping 2,568 ballots.
While the 2020 election buzz is dominated by the presidential election, the races that impact day-to-day life in Haywood more than any are those closest to home.
As of 9 a.m., the Haywood County Board of Elections has received about 6,200 requests for absentee ballots and 1,150 ballots that had been completed and returned.
As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 15, the Haywood County Board of Elections has received almost 6,000 requests for absentee ballots, and they keep coming every day, said director Robbie Inman.
Haywood County election workers had mailed out over 5,000 ballots as of Friday morning, Sept. 11, to voters who requested them. And the first of those ballots were already coming back in to the election office.
The battle for the U.S. Congressional seat representing WNC and Haywood County is a wide-open race in a hotly-contested swing district.
Haywood County Commissioners
Four candidates — two Republicans and two Democrats — are vying for two seats on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners.
Democratic commissioner candidate David Young, a Waynesville business owner, said while it’s hard to pick a single issue he’d like to see changed if elected, making serious strides in addressing the affordable housing crisis came out on top.
Waynesville resident Leah Hampton’s campaign for a seat on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners is all about quality- of-life issues.
Kevin Ensley, an eighth-generation Haywood County native, has served as a Haywood County commissioner for the past 16 years.
Haywood County’s incumbent Republican commissioners, Vice Chairman Brandon Rogers and Chairman Kevin Ensley, won the primary election to defend their board seats in November.
The last day for candidates to have their name listed on the ballot for the 2020 General Election was Friday, Dec. 20, and three Haywood Democrats filed for office just before the noon deadline.
Haywood County School Board
The Haywood County School Board race has a crowded field, with 12 candidates running for five seats: chairman, two Waynesville seats and two Canton seats. Districts stipulate where the candidate must live, but all voters countywide can vote in each race regardless of district.
This year’s race for the Haywood County School Board is a historic one.
Five seats will be open on the Haywood County Board of Education this fall, and a total of 12 candidates have filed to claim the open seats — including eight brand new faces.
Five seats are open on the Haywood County Board of Education this fall, and a total of 12 candidates have filed to claim the open seats — including eight brand new faces.
Haywood County School Board Chairman Chuck Francis is on track to become one of the longest serving school board chairmans in the county’s history.
The four Waynesville candidates running for Haywood County School Board have one thing in common: they all have kids in the school system. And that’s more unusual than you might think.
District Court Judge
Two candidates — a prosecutor in Waynesville and attorney in Bryson City — are running for a vacant district court judge seat.
N.C. House 118
N.C. House 118 includes the following areas of Haywood County: Canton, Bethel, Cruso, Clyde, Maggie Valley, Jonathan Creek, Crabtree/Iron Duff, Fines Creek. It also includes Madison and Yancey counties.
Michele Presnell will not seek to represent the 118th district in the N.C. General Assembly and has already endorsed a Republican Haywood County Commissioner to take her spot. The district includes Haywood, Yancey and Madison counties.
N.C. House 119
N.C. House seat 119 includes the following areas of Haywood County: Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Balsam. It also includes Jackson and Swain counties.
It's the fifth match-up in the long-running contest between Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, and Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City. N.C. House seat 119 includes the following areas of Haywood County: Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Balsam. It also includes Jackson and Swain counties. This forum is bein…
Joe Sam Queen and Mike Clampitt are as familiar of foes as any, the Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta of Western North Carolina politics.
Incumbent N.C. House Representative Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, is running for re-election in 2020.
Republican Mike Clampitt is once again running to represent district 119 in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
N.C. Senate 50
It's another wide-open race for the N.C. Senate 50, the seat representing the seven westernmost counties, with the former office holder stepping down after a decade of holding the seat.
It's an open race for N.C. Senate seat 50, with Republican Kevin Corbin of Macon County and Democrat Victoria Fox of Canton. The seat represents the seven westernmost counties, including Haywood. This debate is being hosted by Southwestern Community College on Oct. 22. Check back for the video.
The senate district representing the far-western counties of North Carolina is about to see a fresh face.
Canton resident Victoria Fox has stepped up as the lone the Democratic candidate running for N.C. State Senate District 50, encompassing Haywood, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain.
There are two Republican candidates seeking the party nomination to the N.C. Senate District 50 seat — Kevin Corbin and Dr. Sarah Katherine Conway. Only Corbin responded.