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.

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.

U.S. Congress

The battle for the U.S. Congressional seat representing WNC and Haywood County is a wide-open race in a hotly-contested swing district.

25-year-old Madison Cawthorn was unknown in the world of politics until just recently, and already he's gaining the attention of folks at the highest levels

GOP hopeful Madison Cawthorn and Democratic challenger Moe Davis laid out their cases for representing North Carolina’s 11th congressional district in a wide-ranging and sometimes contentious debate hosted by Southwestern Community College Sept. 9.

Haywood County Commissioners

Four candidates — two Republicans and two Democrats — are vying for two seats on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners.

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For Canton resident Brandon Rogers, reducing county debt will be a primary goal if he is elected to a second term on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners. Read more

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.

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.

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.

Kaleb Wingate has won the Republican primary to represent his party in the election to sit on the bench as a North Carolina District Court Judge.

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.

Campaigning for November’s general election to see who will represent the 118th district in the North Carolina House of Representatives has begun.

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…

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.

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.