JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As Onslow County voters head to polls, campaigners are out in full force talking to voters.
“A lot of times when people come up, it looks as if we’re being confrontational,” said Christine Lee, a campaign volunteer. “When really and truly all we’re trying to do is pass out the information to have them consider who the candidate is and what the candidate stands for.”
In North Carolina, stage law prohibits campaigners from being within 50 feet of the door to the polling station. A white chalk line marks the distance.
Early voter Matthew Cross said the campaigners didn’t bother him when he went to vote Tuesday.
“I knew what they were going through, and it didn’t intimidate me,” said Cross.
Early voter Marie Burgette said she thought it was helpful having the campaigners waiting outside the polling sites is helpful.
“Actually, it didn’t make me uncomfortable,” said Burgette. “I kind of liked it because this is my first time voting here in North Carolina. So being that these people are out here, and they’re helping me out, I really appreciate that.”
Campaigner James Hightower said he respects the laws regarding campaign volunteers.
“If individuals don’t want us to take their information or take the pamphlet, we just say ‘Thank you for coming out to vote.’” Hightower said.
The State Board of Elections director said the board evaluates all complaints of campaigning aggression and encourages voters to report any concerns they might have.
Some Onslow County citizens held a rally to discuss social issues impacting the election.
The rally is the second phase of a protest called “Do the Right Thing.”
New Rivers Ministries is asking residents to come out to discuss concerns on police relations, drugs and poverty.
During the first phase of the protest, residents marched from the police station to the Freedom Fountain.
The event lasts until 7 p.m.