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Barbara Burkett Leads NC Charge for Obama

Early voting begins (updated 6:10 p.m.)

Thursday, Oct 16 2008, 11:27 am

David Allen

SHELBY – Opening day for early voting sparked interest in the community as evidenced by a winding line outside the elections office on Patton Drive.

The crowd continued to grow throughout the morning – some residents in favor of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, others for Republican Sen. John McCain.

Voters began lining up to cast their ballots at 5 a.m. Thursday, according to county Elections Director Debra Blanton.

Barbara Burkett, a proud Obama supporter, was the first to cast a vote.

“It’s just a dream come true,” Blanton said. “It’s fabulous.” The line calmed down a “little bit” by afternoon, Blanton said. The turnout was about what she expected. Blanton said they would need similar turnouts every day to vote 10,000 people early. She previously predicted 80 percent voter turnout for the General Election in Cleveland County.

Who are you voting for?

James Williams: “For John McCain and Sarah Palin because of their experience but mainly because of their economic recovery plan. Their plan offered is better for people in my age category – the seniors – and is also better for the young people of this country – putting them back to work.”

Barbara Burkett: “This is my 13th presidential election. I was eligible to vote for the first time with JFK (John F. Kennedy). Obama is the first one to come along who says what I wanted to hear. He reflects my philosophy more than any candidate I have ever heard.”

Want to cast a ballot before Election Day?

One-stop absentee voting sites:

Board of Elections Office
215 Patton Drive, Shelby
Oct. 16 – Nov. 1
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1

Boiling Springs Town Hall (satellite site)
145 S. Main St., Boiling Springs
Oct. 27 – Nov. 1
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1

Palm Tree United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (satellite site)
1160 W. Stagecoach Trail, Lawndale
Oct. 27 – Nov. 1
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1

Kings Mountain Masonic Lodge Fellowship Hall (satellite site)
800 Landing St., Kings Mountain
Oct. 27 – Nov. 1
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1

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