The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


May 16, 2014

One Stop voting depicts winners

Canvass yields 27 provisional votes, 4 extra absentees

Thursday, May 15, 2014 — Every candidate that garnered the most Stanly County votes during early voting emerged victoriously in the primary.

The elections canvass yielded 27 (18 Republican, 8 Democrat and 1 Libertarian) provisional votes and four additional absentee votes, but not enough to change any of the final outcomes in the May 6 primary, according to the Stanly County Board of Elections.

Regardless of the provisional votes, there is no disputing how One Stop voting provided a true sampling of election results. Results from One Stop typically prove to be an accurate indicator of the election winners. One Stop results even determined the finishing order of those races with multiple challengers, at least in the local races.

With the exception of the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Stanly voters agreed with other voters in the state that Thom Tillis is their choice to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan in November. Where they differed, however, local voters chose Mark Harris with the second most votes, with the state casting more GOP runner-up votes for Greg Brannon. Otherwise the finishing order here was the same as state totals.

One Stop voting, between the two sites in Albemarle and Locust, also accurately depicted the finishing order in the four Republican candidates for sheriff, with George T. Burris getting the nod in decisive fashion over former sheriff Tony Frick, Michael Whaley and Melvin B. Poole.

Burris’ margin of victory only grew after the elections canvass, with the GOP nominee gaining 10 more provisional votes to Frick’s and Whaley’s two each.

George Burris will face incumbent Democrat Rick Burris (no relation) in November in a rematch of the 2010 Election.

Rick Burris soundly defeated Cameron Speights, a former Republican who recently changed his party affiliation.

One Stop also proved accurate in the GOP’s four candidate race for the county commissioner at-large seat. Jann Lowder edged Matthew Swain, with neither amassing the 40 percent plus one vote necessary to avoid a runoff.  Swain, however, chose not to call for the extra election, sparing the county an additional expense of $30,000.

Lowder’s margin increased by one after the canvass showed that she received three additional votes by absentee mail and two provisional votes to Swain’s four provisional votes.

A provisional ballot is issued when a voter’s eligibility is under review. Once eligibility is determined, the vote is either counted or disqualified.

Although N.C. Rep. Justin Burr won his primary against Stanly Commissioner Peter Asciutto by a 59 to 41 percent margin, the challenger mustered a better showing locally. The margin was closer (808 to 634) when considering One Stop, absentee by mail and provisional votes.

Asciutto managed to win four of the 23 precincts in Stanly County, with a few others closer than the final vote tally suggests. In several precincts, however, Burr won by handy margins. Among Montgomery County voters, Burr fared significantly better.

While most figured the race for District Attorney to be close, the final tally between T. Lynn Clodfelter and Jim Phillips was anything but.

Clodfelter won all but one precinct, losing North Albemarle 48-51.

Clodfelter defeated Phillips by 1,657 votes. Clodfelter garnered 906 votes to Phillips’ 475 during One Stop. After the canvass, the margin of victory increased by six.

Barring no successful write-in candidate, Clodfelter will become the first district attorney to head the county’s own prosecutorial district at year’s end.

There were 1,640 votes cast during One Stop in Albemarle compared to 289 in Locust. Republicans cast 1,161 votes at One Stop in Albemarle with 254 voting GOP in Locust.

Thirty-five Democrat ballots were cast in Locust during One Stop, with 479 voting Democrat in Albemarle.

Six ballots were cast for Libertarian, with 10 voters choosing to cast ballots in the nonpartisan races.

To submit story ideas, contact Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email


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