GREENSBORO – There are a ton of races on the November 2 ballot. Not that you know by voting early.
As of Friday, only 21 ballots had been cast, according to data compiled by the Guilford County Electoral Council.
Early voting began on October 14 and continues until October 30. Only one early voting site has been opened so far for this off-year election, but three more are open on Sunday for the home stretch before polling day.
Elections outside of the year, those that do not have very interesting competitions like presidential and legislative elections, generally attract a much smaller number of voters.
The only municipal elections on the ballot here are in Burlington, which affects some residents of Guilford County in the eastern part of the county. The remainder of the races take place in the towns of Gibsonville, Kernersville, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Garden, Sedalia, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Whitsett and Jamestown and for the Guilford-Sedgefield Health District.
Among the races at Summerfield, the city will have a new mayor after BJ Barnes, the longtime former Guilford County sheriff, decided not to run for a second term. This paved the way for former Mayor Gail Dunham, who lost to Barnes in 2019, to attempt to regain her seat. She faces Tim Sessoms, also former mayor of the city of about 11,000 inhabitants, deputy mayor of the council.
The October 5 primary reduced the mayor’s racetrack in Jamestown and Burlington and a council race in Burlington.