Pitt Co. spending $50,000 to help clear up voter confusion

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Local boards of elections are already preparing for the November election, with many of their efforts focused on clearing up confusion.

From the voter ID lawsuit to redrawn districts to no straight party voting this year, local experts say many voters are confused heading into this election.

That’s why the Pitt County Board of Elections is spending $50,000 to help clear things up. That’ll fund mail to be sent to over 95,000 county voters, detailing each voter’s registration information, basic information about the process, one-stop early voting locations and dates, and contests they’ll see on the ballot. Those should be sent out by October 13.

Board of Elections Director Dave Davis says they’re trying to be proactive.

“We receive thousands of calls coming in starting a few weeks before the election and so hopefully this will help. It’s those same three questions and this brochure will answer those questions,” Davis said.

About 19% of Pitt County voters were affected by the congressional district change and about 61% were affected by the new board of education district changes. The voter ID requirement was struck down this summer.

Davis says voters are acting differently already this year.

“It’s kind of a thermostat of the political temperature. So in the past, it’s been a lot of folks registering democrat or a lot of folks registering republican. This year, a lot of folks are registering unaffiliated,” Davis said.

Other counties say they’re putting voting information in the paper, but not targeting specific voters like this.

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