2012 Primary Live Blog

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Raleigh Public Record editors and reporters will be live blogging all day and into the night for the 2012 Primary Election. You can join us this evening as we report from across the city and live blog from The Hive downtown and watch the results come in.

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10:52 p.m. – Staff

All of the Record reporters have made their way back to The Hive and they’re frantically working on their stories chronicling today’s events. We’re shutting down the live blog for the night, but stay tuned for full stories.  If you liked what you saw, read, watched, etc, head over here to make a tax-deductible donation so we can keep bringing you awesome Raleigh coverage.


10:47 p.m. – Christin Hardy

Of her win Representative Yvonne Holley said, “I am humbled. I am sincerely humbled. I don’t take it lightly and I’m going to work very hard to serve this community. I want to thank everyone who supported me, endorsed me such as the Voter Education Coalition, RWCA, Harold Webb, Lindy Brown, Jack Nichols and Jim Goodman. I plan to do what ever I can to serve this community, all of Wake County. I’m sincerely and genuinely feel humbled and I thank God [for this win].”


10:40 p.m. – Saja Hindi

George Holding remains ahead. But he said if he doesn’t win, “life goes on.”

“Wake up tomorrow and make a new plan. It certainly not be the end of the world,” he said. “I feel good. Certainly we’re watching the results come in and the counties are all reporting in and we’re doing all right. So fingers crossed.”

Christin Hardy


Yvonne Holley greets neighbor and supporter, former Wake County Commissioner Harold Webb at the celebration party Holley hosted at her home in East Raleigh. (Christin Hardy)

Final voting tallies from a polling place in East Raleigh. (Christin Hardy)

Yvonne Holley thanks supporters for coming out to her victory party at her home in East Raleigh after election results come in. (Jon McClain)


10:34 p.m. – Dan Riechers

Update from a previous post.

At 10:15 p.m. at the Etheridge headquarters, a small crowd of supporters is present.
Several journalists are assembled in one room, a wall papered with Etheridge signs. In an adjacent room, volunteers watch returns on their laptops, remaining optimistic that the areas yet to report will shift the numbers.

With Dalton having just given his accpetance speech, Etheridge is here, presenting his concession speech.

Etheridge and his wife are present. He asks his staffers to come up with him. Etheridge said, “we had likely the smallest staff to run a statewide campaign.”Etheridge said, “Because we were unable to use any of our federal funds, we started at zero. What happened was, we lost the early vote, because we were not on T.V.”

He said, “the last couple months have been a sprint and marathon all in one, and I’ve really enjoyed it.” They visited over 45 counties.

He thanked his wife and staffers and said he was proud that they “rejected the negative politics that too often poisons public discourse and offered positive solutions to real problems in North Carolina”

He said he had “called the leiutenant governor and congratulated him” and vowed to work with his fellow Democrats “that the tea party agenda in the NC Assembly does not come to fruition.”


10:33 p.m. – Hide Terada

Walter Dalton makes his speech after declaring victory in the race to become the Democratic nominee for governor. (Hide Terada)

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walter Dalton greets supporters at his election night party. (Hide Terada)


10:28 p.m. – John McClain

Former Wake County Commissioner Harold Webb and Perry Woods wait for election results for incumbent Yvonne Holley. (Jon McClain)



10:25 p.m. – Will Huntsberry

Some people argue the amendment will be pushed out later.

Skip Stam  said he disagrees.

“I don’t think that’s true. I don’t think that’s actually the tide because the younger people who didn’t support the amendment haven’t married and had children. When they do that, then they’ll understand the importance of marriage.”


10:19 p.m. – Saja Hindi

Incumbent North Carolina Representative Yvonne Holley gives her victory speech.


10:17 p.m. – Will Huntsberry

J. Russell Capps on his loss: “It’s not surprising to me. From the beginning I said I wouldn’t run an aggressive campaign. I spent 12 years up there [General Assembly]. I did my time and it was great.”


10:15 p.m. – Staff

 1 of 1 reporting
Darren Jackson- 60.99
Don Mial- 29.52
Michael Slawter- 9.50

10:12 p.m. – Ronny Neuse and Karen Tam

Volunteers Adam Compton, Keith Mason, Caroline Yopp view live updates from Bob Etheridge's campaign headquarters. "I think the fact that Bob was on the ground is going to make a difference" said Yopp of who she believes would be a "people's governor." (Ronny Nause)

Frances Newby cuts the wedding cake after the win was announced. (Karen Tam)


Representative Skip Stam talks with fellow Republicans at the victory party for Amendment 1. (Karen Tam)

Victory Peterson, center, applauds win for the marriage amendment. (Karen Tam)


10:10 p.m. – Dan Riechers

 At 10:00 p.m. at the Etheridge headquarters, a small crowd of supporters is present. With preliminary results showing Dalton leading by six percent, there is still no sign of Etheridge.
Several journalists are assembled in one room, walls papered with Etheridge signs. In an adjacent room, volunteers watch returns on their laptops, remaining optimistic that the areas yet to report will shift the numbers.
One news crew has already packed up their video camera for the night. It looks like it is going to be a late night here at Etheridge campaign headquarters.

10:07 p.m. – Staff

We’re still working hard. No one is leaving yet!


9:56 p.m. – Laura White and Will Huntsberry

Tammi Fitzgerald, chair of Vote for Marriage NC, upon hearing that the Associated Press had called it for Amendment One.

“We have wanted one thing only: to protect marriage as a union between one man and one woman,” Fitzgerald said. “We are not anti-gay. We are pro-marriage. You do not rewrite God’s law.”

The atmosphere at the LGBT Center on Hillsborough Street is not one of defeat. Many of the people there say they feel hopeful.

James Miller, LBGT Center, said they are doing other things to push for equality.

“This is not the end. It’s a great chance [Prop 8]. We have a very good chance of this entire vote being absolved,” he said. “This is going to be approved, but it’s not a bruise of shame, it’s a bruise of hope. This is not something we should be afraid of.”

Lorraine Johnson, who was at the LGBT Center, said she’s also holding out hope.

“At the end of the day, the only people are responsible for this are the assholes who walked in there and voted for it.”


9:55 p.m. – Staff

Unofficial Results


 1 of 1
Rosa Gill- 78.67
Bernard Allen- 21.33
1 of 1
Abeni El-Amin- 25.63
Yvonne Lewis-Holley- 60.78
Lee Sartain- 13.59

9:50 p.m. – Saja Hindi

Dalton supporters remain hopeful as the results come in positively.

“It looks really good right now,” said Sarah Beth Koonce, a volunteer and NC State student. “We’re all really hopeful and we’ve worked very hard to ensure the right person is governor. I think he’s going to do a wonderful job and I’m 100 percent sure he’s going to win tonight.”

“I really like how he’s focused on education. I don’t think that any college student wants the price of college to go up anymore. So, I think he’s really concentrating on education and I think that’s really crucial for our economy right now, to make sure that everyone is educated.”

At a viewing party for Walter Dalton at The Royal Banquet and Conference Center, supporters, volunteers and the media wait patiently for his apperence. (Hide Terada)


9:29 p.m. – Nick Pironio

A voter displays her pride at the Borough in downtown. (Nick Pironio)


9:37 p.m. – Ronald Nause

Volunteers Adam Compton, Keith Mason, Caroline Yopp are watching live updates from Bob Etheridge’s campaign headquarters.

“I think the fact that Bob was on the ground is going to make a difference” said Yopp, who she believes would be a “people’s governor.”

Volunteers Caroline Yopp and Gilles Sadak view live updates as they begin to come in. "I really think we've done a lot to get him reelected. We're hoping for a win," said Sadak. (Ronny Nause)


9:35 p.m. – Saja Hindi

At the Walter Dalton party, few will comment on his situation, despite a current lead.

Press Secretary Ford Porter said the group is very excited.

“We’re very excited. We’ve got a lot of supporters here. The Lt. Governor has got a lot of friends who have really bought into his message. We’re happy with where the polls are. We’re confident that we’re going to win the nomination tonight without a runoff.”

“The Lt. Governor went to several polls in Durham and Raleigh and was able to get out and meet some voters. He and Lucille actually voted early in ….their home last week. They were out and they’ve been really enthused. The warm response they’ve seen, his message is really starting to resonate with voters.”


9:33 p.m. – Staff

North Carolina voters have passed Amendment 1. Reporter Will Huntsberry said celebrations for its passage have begun.

For: 61 percent

Against: 38 percent

With only 23 of 100 counties reporting.


9:32 p.m. – Staff

Checking our Twitter feeds, many news organizations are reporting that Amendment 1 has passed, including the New York Times, Associated Press and WRAL.

Current numbers are

For: 61 percent

Against: 38 percent

With only 23 of 100 counties reporting.


9:18 p.m. – Staff


0 of 9 report
Bernard Holliday- 31.94
Charles Malone- 68.06
0 of 9
George Holding- 43.00
Bill Randall- 20.79
Paul Coble- 36.21

9:17 p.m.  – Staff

Unofficial Results

Lieutenant Governor Results

For the Democratic Party, Linda Coleman trumps Eric Mansfield with 57.66 percent of the vote. Mansfield holds 42.34 percent. Six precincts out of 100 have reported thus far.

For the Republican Party, so far,  Pat McCrory is capturing the lead with 84.72 percent of the vote. Paul Wright is next with 4.97 percent, Jim Mahan with 3.12 percent, Scott Jones with 3.06 percent, Jim Harney with 2.66 percent and Charles Kenneth Moss with 1.46 percent of the vote. Only six out of 100 precincts have reported so far.


9:15 p.m. – Staff

Unofficial results

US House 4 (Republican)

1 of 7 report
Tim D’Annunzio- 44.31
George Frank Hutchins- 19.37
Jim Allen- 36.31

9:13 p.m. – Will Huntsberry

Republicans at the pro-amendment rally at the North Raleigh Hilton are very excited about the early poll numbers. They say that many of the opposition counties are already reporting and this is a good sign for the amendment passage.

“If this polls over 60 percent, this will not only send a message to North Carolinians, but to the entire United States,” said Leonard Goenaga, a grassroots organizer for the amendment.


9:10 p.m. – Saja Hindi

We just spoke with Lee Sartain, who is running for NC House District 38. He’s at the Player’s Retreat in Raleigh for his party. Although the results aren’t looking positive for him, he said he is still optimistic.

“One of the things that was good to see was that people were out voting, mainly because of the amendment. But I felt like we ran a good campaign. We knocked on thousands of doors. We mailed lots of people. We made lots of calls. But we’ll wait to have to see what the final numbers are, but I’m glad at least people were out voting.”

His issue: 
The biggest thing I’m invested in and going to continue to be invested in is education in this state. My professional job is day-to-day in education. I think that still needs to be a priority in our state because Republicans in the Legislature continue to kill it. And we need some people in there to fight for it.”

What will you do if you don’t win:
 I’m going to still be fighting and I’m still going to be engaged. Obviously I’ve been very active with the Democratic party here in the state and I’ll continue to be doing that.”

NC House 39 Candidate Lee Sartain speaks with supports at a viewing party for his campaign at Player's Retreat in Raleigh Tuesday evening. (Hide Terada)



9:01 p.m. – Staff

Unofficial results

NC House 33

 19 of 22 reporting
Rosa Gill- 79.56
Bernard Allen- 20.44
 NC House 38
17 of 22 reporting
Abeni el-Amin- 25.88
Yvonne Lewis-Holley- 61.03
Lee Sartain- 13.09

8:59 p.m. – Dan Riechers

Here at Bob Etheridge’s headquarters on Jones St. in Raleigh, it is still fairly quiet. He is out to dinner with his wife, according to press secretary Keith Mason.

When asked about the campaign, Mason said, “We’ve all worked extremely hard and had a great time, it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve been out to talk to a lot of people. He thinks, a lot of people will be surprised. Mason said, “they expect to be here late tonight.”

8:58 p.m. – Staff

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8:38 p.m. – Will Huntsberry

Susan Bryant, chair of the Wake Republican Party, says it is looking like Amendment One will pass.

“Looking at the polls, I think amendment one would pass, but it’s tighter in Wake County than I anticipated,” she said. “It would need to carry Wake County 70-30 to fail statewide.”


8:45 p.m. – Staff

Unofficial results

Amendment One 

For- 59.04 (527,935)

Against- 40.96 (366,212)
8 of 100 counties

8:42 p.m. – Staff

Unofficial results

Governor (Republican)

8 of 100 counties

 Pat McCrory- 87.04 (70,759)
Paul Wright- 4.39 (3,565)


8:41 p.m. – Christin Hardy

At Chavis Community Center, two people we were wearing blue T-shirts that said “My family is voting against amendment one.”

Jason Horne said he was voting against amendment one because, “I’ve got pretty libertarian leanings. The government should not be involved in making those decisions about who I can form contracts with. When is the sanctity of everyone else’s marriage going to get voted on?”

Eva Feucht, also wearing a T-shirt, agreed.

“I don’t think democratic government should be regulated by religion. And I don’t think my lesbian and gay family and coworkers should be second-class citizens to me.”


8:38 p.m. – Staff

Unofficial results

Governor (Democrats)

6 of 100 counties

 Walter Dalton- 44.31 (160,076)
Bob Etheridge- 39.38 (142,275)
Bill Faison- 6.18 (22,316)

8:37 p.m. – Staff

Unofficial results

LT governor (Democrats)

 1 of 100 counties reporting
Eric Mansfield- 41.27 (96,109)
Linda Coleman- 58.73 (136,791)


8:34 p.m. – Jeff Reeves

Spectators watch the results come in at our live blogging party. Join us at the Hive until 10 p.m. tonight to watch the results come in! (Jeff Reeves)

8:32 p.m. – Staff
Unofficial results
US House District 4

61 of 68 reporting

Tim D’Annunzio- 48.58 (4676)
George Hutchins- 21.05 (2425)
Jim Allen- 38.37 (4421)
8:31 p.m. – Staff
Unofficial results
US House District 13
George Holding- 42.07 (22,739)
Bill Randall- 21.00 (11,348)
Paul Coble- 36.93 (19,960)
103 of 111 reporting


8:27 p.m. – Staff

Unofficial Results

NC House 38

Abeni El-Amin- 26.32 (1850)

Yvonne Lewis-Holley- 60.04 (4221)
Lee Sartain- 13.64 (959)
14 of 22 reporting

8:25 p.m. – Staff

Unofficial result

NC House 33

Rosa Gill- 79.52 (6,484)

Bernard Allen- 20.48 (1,670)
16 of 22 reporting

8:22 p.m. – Karen Tam 

Polling official Laurie Cochran takes down the voting materials as she closes the polling place at St. Rafael's Catholic Church in North Raleigh. (Karen Tam)



8:03 p.m. – Staff

No counties have reported yet. Still working with early voting results.

Check them out here.


8:00 p.m. – Dan Riechers

Earlier this evening at Trinity Methodist Church in Raleigh, several people were holding up signs.

Gerhard Hauber’s sign said: “Vote with God.”

He has been there since 6:30 a.m.

“Well, 6:32,” he said. “I was a few minutes late. God hates a liar.”

He lives next to the church and “was able to duck home for bathroom breaks.”

When asked how the election was going, said he wasn’t sure but “you can tell how they will vote based on whether they make eye contact, whether they sneer at you. Some thumbs up, too.”

He added, “Raleigh will end up going against the amendment, but the state for. God has a way of working his will.”

Meanwhile, Dawn Dudine, who has lived in the neighborhood for three years, said the lines seemed longer this year. Her friend took about 20 minutes to get through, she said.
“It was nice to see such a large turnout,” Dudine said. “I came out to vote for the Republican primary. Romney is a media favorite, but it still comes down to the delegates.”

7:58 p.m. – Staff

Unofficial Amendment 1 results

For: 55 percent

Against: 44 percent


7:56 p.m. – Hide Terada

Signs directing voters to the polling place at Cameron Village Public Library. (Hide Terada)



7:54 p.m. – Hide Terada

Man holds a sign asking voters to vote against Amendment 1 at Cameron Village Public Library. (Hide Terada)


7:50 p.m. – Staff

More unofficial results.

NC House District 33


Gill 79 percent, Allen 20 percent

NC House District 38


El-Amin 19 percent, Holley 62 percent, Sartain 17 percent

US House District 4


D’Annunzio 41 percent, Hutchins 20 percent, Allen 37 percent

US House District 13 


Holding 41 percent, Randall 20 percent, Coble 37 percent


7:41 p.m. – Staff

Early and absentee voting results are in as today’s results are being tabulated.

Amendment 1 

For: 37.8 percent

Against 62.1 percent

NC Governor

Democrat: Dalton 39 percent, Etherige 47.9 percent

Republican: McCory 87.6 percent


7:34 p.m. – Saja Hindi

At Cameron Village, people are still getting in to vote.

“I came out to vote, particularly against the amendment. I really am opposed to every bit of it,” said Anna Wells. “I would have come to vote anyway, but I definitely wasn’t going to miss [voting on] it.”

Some other voters there agreed.

“I always vote and I wanted to vote against the amendment,” said Luis Hunt. “I don’t think the government needs to be in people’s private lives like that.”

Dawn Hunt put it simply: “It’s mean.”


7:30 p.m.  – Staff

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7:28 p.m. – Staff

Polls are coming to a close!


7:25 p.m. – Laura White

A group is gathering at the LGBT Center, where member James Miller said they got the party started at about 7 p.m.

“We wanted a lot of energy here, because it’s not looking incredibly bright, but there’s still a chance. There’s absolutely a shimmer of hope,” he said. “We’re in a conservative Southern state with a lot of focus being put on us right now.”

Miller said the center offers a non-bar experience for people looking for a sense of community as the results come in.

“We can have constructive dialogue and shared experience,” he said.

7:24 p.m. – Staff

Polls close in 6 minutes!


7:21 p.m. – Charles C. Duncan Pardo

Akere Maimo, Hindou Ibrahim and Ahamada Abdou, young African leaders visiting as guests of the U.S. State Department came to Wake County to see how elections work. They are here with us right now at the Hive as we blog live (Charles Duncan Pardo)


7:17 p.m. – Will Huntsberry

Rep. Deborah Ross discusses redistrcting.



7:09 p.m. – Staff

Polls close in 20 minutes!


7:03 p.m. – Laura White

Leila May at Project Enlightenment told us she is helping get out the vote against the amendment. She helped a family of five understand it. “There’s a lot of people out in this district against the amendment,” she said.

She said there have been a lot of “run-ins” between groups of people for and against the amendment.

“I haven’t experienced that, but I’ve had people that didn’t make eye contact and that says a lot.”

Two other people reported that they would not have voted in this election if it were not for the amendment on the ballot.


6:37 p.m. – Staff

And the Reporters are off! Stay tuned for updates!


6:15 p.m. – Staff

Come down to the Hive at the Busy Bee and have a drink with us. We’re going live on Voter Radio at 7 p.m.


6:00 p.m. – Karen Tam

18) Hindon Qumarou of Chad, left, along with Bewa Jeannie of Benin, right, talk to Ernest Okonkwo (in chair) who is passing out "Vote For the Amendment" cards at Powell Elementary School polling place. (Photo By: Karen Tam)

5:54 p.m. – Karen Tam

Voters at Poe Elementary School. (Karen Tam)


5:52 p.m. – Saja Hindi

Lorraine Johnson, member of the LGBT community said, “I’ve been at some of the other locations. The campaign has had a number of sites — they worked some in the space here, they had a lot in another church area, in a fellowship hall away from the congregation sanctuary and everything, just a public fellowship hall, but mostly down at the headquarters at Equality of North Carolina. So I’ve bounced around around doing some phone banking and everything yesterday and today.”

She went on to say, “When a community is under attack, you tend to pull together and that’s exactly what happened. It’s a relatively tight community even when we’re not under attack, fortunately. It’s never too late to get out there. The polls are open until 7:30. As long as you’re in the line by 7:30, they have to let you vote. It’s not too late. In fact, I’ve talked to a couple of people today who hadn’t gone out yet to vote who were kind of apathetic and decided well, yeah, maybe they did need to get down to the polls. So I would just say if you haven’t gone already, now would be the time.”


5:47 p.m. – Charles C. Duncan Pardo

Jennifer Wig, Ariella Monti and Sonny Ferares get the live-blogging started at the Hive downtown. (Charles Duncan Pardo)


5:39 p.m. – Staff

Reporters are at the Hive getting their assignments from editor Charles Duncan Pardo. They’ll be heading out soon.


5:35 p.m. – Charles C. Duncan Pardo

In response to allegations to people getting ballots without the amendment, Wake County Elections Assistant Director  Gary Sims told the Record that he thinks, “Some of this may people not turning the ballot over.” Some ballot styles have the amendment question on the backside.

The only ballots without the amendment are for 17 year olds who are permitted to vote in the election if they will be 18 before the general election. Sims said, ” We issued so few 17 year old ballots that if they were being issued incorrectly precincts would be running out.” He said that the Wake County Board of Elections issued a minimum amount of ballots for 17 year olds.

Sims says he’s trying to figure out all of the details, but, “Each group has their own story and is going to go after each other in their own way.”

The Record will continue following this question of incorrect ballots being issued throughout the night and stay tuned for a more formal update tomorrow.


5:24 p.m. – Karen Tam

The African delegation visits Powell Elementary School polling place as part of their understanding of the election system in Wake County. (Photo: Karen Tam)


5:23 p.m. – Karen Tam

Hindon Oumarou of Chad, right, asks question during their meeting with Wake County Election officials at Wake County election headquarters. On the left is Bademba Balde of Guinea. A group of 8 Africans are viewing the election process today in Wake County. (Photo by Karen Tam)


5:18 p.m. – Staff

One of our awesome reporters, Saja Hindi, is back from the field. She’s working hard on a post that we will have up momentarily.


5:13 p.m. – Staff

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5:12 p.m. – Saja Hindi

Sign urging voters to vote again Constitutional Amendment 1. (Photo: Saja Hindi)


5:10 p.m. – Saja Hindi

A campaigner greets voters outside of the Cameron Village Public Library. (Photo: Saja Hindi)


5:04 p.m. – Saja Hindi

Voters face short lines at Cameron Village Public Library. (Photo: Saja Hindi)


4:55 p.m. – Saja Hindi

Campaigning is still going on the Cameron Village Library.

Pam Salsby is a volunteer for Linda Coleman’s campaign for Lt.  governor.   “I think she [Coleman] knows that the jobs situation and the economy are huge and that if employers aren’t telling, for instance college students, exactly what they need in order for their businesses to thrive, then college students will come out unprepared. And one idea that Linda Coleman has is kind of marry the business community with the college and community college systems so that they can tell those students and those departments exactly what kind of work they want those workers to have, so that the students can graduate and then go right into those industries. And that’s one thing she talks about that I support,” she said.
“Everyone’s friendly. I think we’re in an area who’s open-minded to Democrats, which is what Daniel is and everyone’s pleasant, and I’ve enjoyed talking to everyone,” said Bill Webb, who is campaigning for Daniel Barker’s campaign.


4:49 p.m. – Saja Hindi

Saja Hindi is over at the Cameron Village Library speaking with voters.

Bill Laporte said that he is voting in favor of the marriage amendment, but it wasn’t the only reason why he came out to vote. “It’s our responsibility and duty to vote,” he said.

On the amendment, Laporte said, “I thought the argument was not about marriage versus civil unions. It’s about activist judges and the influence of lobbyists and so forth in the legislature. By putting the amendment in the constitution, it’ll be decided whether it’s constitutional or unconstitutional, and it takes it out of the hands of activist judges that I’m opposed to.”

Rebecca Rousseau said she is voting against the amendment.  “I’m very much in favor of voting against Amendment One. I think it’s pretty archaic decision-making. I would be here anyway, but absolutely, I would have crawled over here if I had to.”


4:18 p.m. – Karen Tam


The CSPAN bus is in Cary doing exit polling and talking to voters. Photo by John McClain.


4:17 p.m. – Jennifer Wig

We are getting set up at The Hive. Doors open at 6, so come join us, sip a beer and hang out for Election Night!


3:31 p.m. – Jennifer Wig

We are hearing reports of voter fraud at the polls, specifically some people receiving ballots without the amendment listed. We are not yet sure of the validity of these reports and have not confirmed this information; the Huffington Post is also reporting this issue.

Jeremy Kennedy with the NC Protect Families Coalition said he has heard of this issue.

“We are hearing reports of people being handed ballots without the amendment question included. In addition, the amendment vote is on the BACK of many ballots. Please be aware of this issue and please encourage your friends to pay attention to their ballot.”

Kennedy said


3:23 p.m. – Karen Tam

The back window of Robin Oke's car as it leave Poe Elementary School. The side window of car carried the message "Vote No on Amendment One." Photo by Karen Tam.

Roy and Celestine Rogers check out the ballots posted to the doors before they enter the polling place at the Worthdale Center. Photo by Karen Tam.


2:51 p.m. – Karen Tam

A voter leaves the Tarboro Road Center polling center. Photo by Karen Tam.

Lee Sartain arrives at Tarboro Road Center to campaign with voters. Photo by Karen Tam.


Wanda Thomas hands out cards that show how to vote for the amendment at the Worthdale Center. Photo by Karen Tam.


1:14 p.m. – Saja Hindi

There were no long lunch break lines at Dillard Drive Elementary. As of 12:30, 463 people had voted there.

One voter said she’s been hearing a lot more about this election. Elizabeth Kauffman said she was there to make her voice heard.

“There’s definitely been a lot more talked about in this election with the amendment being on the ballot, and I think that’s encouraged a lot of people to come out because I think people have strong feelings about the amendment, either for or against,” Kauffman said. “I think it’s really important to vote and have your voice heard when we have this opportunity to vote, so I think it’s an important thing to do.”

Another voter, Danny Reid, arrived at 6:30 a.m. to to share his views on the amendment with voters.

“It is so senseless for this amendment. It is such a slap in the face for North Carolina and people coming in,” Reid said. “Everyone is created equal and I’ve told people that when you’re greedy, that’s when you want marriage to yourself. And to me, greed is a bigger sin than if you’re religious than anything else. So, that’s why I’m here.”

Saja Hindi

Voters at Dillard Drive Elementary School. Photo by Saja Hindi.

11:02 a.m. – Charles C. Duncan Pardo

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10:41 a.m. – Karen Tam

One more photo from this morning at Trinity United Methodist Church on Bloodworth Street.

10:22 a.m. – Charles C. Duncan Pardo

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9:50 a.m. – Karen Tam


Gerhard Hauber supports and John Monti opposes Amendment 1 outside Trinity United Methodist Church on Bloodworth Street.

By 8 a.m. they had nearly 200 votes cast at Trinity United Methodist Church on Bloodworth Street.

Voters wait in line Tuesday morning at Trinity United Methodist Church on Bloodworth Street.

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Send your election day photos with your location and a description to editor(at)raleighpublicrecord.org.

9:38 a.m. – Hide Terada

A voter, left, who did not want to share her name, arrives at Powell Elementary School Tuesday morning. Volunteers Gladys Williams, middle, and Elizabeth Clarkson, help her with voting information.

9:27 a.m. – Jennifer Wig

The Record’s assistant editor Jennifer Wig went to vote this morning at Roberts Community Center.

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9:21 a.m. – Charles C. Duncan Pardo

Today we will have reporters running around to all corners of the city. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day. This evening we will move this operation to the Hive. Door open at 6! Come join us to get updates from reporters around the city and watch the results come in!

7:34 a.m. – Charles C. Duncan Pardo

When you go vote early or on polling day you get to feed you ballot into a scan machine that actually counts your ballot then and there, and that data all gets saved to a hard drive. But what happens with absentee ballots? Check out this cool video we made last week with Cherie Poucher, director for the Wake County Board of Elections, showing how absentee ballots get counted.

7:29 a.m. – Charles C. Duncan Pardo

Are you voting today? Let us know how it went. Send in photo, video or your story. Editor@raleighpublicrecord.org or tweet to @raleighpublicre.

Questions about voting? Send them to me directly @duncanpardo.

6:25 a.m. – Charles C. Duncan Pardo

Polls open at 6:30!

Still don’t know who you’re voting for? Read our profiles of local candidates.

Find out where to vote.

And don’t forget to join us this evening. Starting at 6 p.m. we’ll be live blogging from the Hive above the Busy Bee on Wilmington Street. Come enjoy food, drink, and watch the results come in during our 2012 Primary Night Party!

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