Early voting underway, constitutional amendment among decisions

Early voting continues across North Carolina ahead of the Nov. 4 general election. On the first day yesterday, 280 people voted early in Montgomery County. Of those, 162 identified as Democrat, 71 Republican, and 47 Unaffiliated.

Voters in Montgomery County are electing a sheriff, a clerk of superior court, two county commissioners, four members of the board of education and a soil and water conservation district supervisor. Local voters are also helping elect state and federal government representatives and state and district judges.

One item on this year’s ballot that hasn’t received much attention is a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow some defendants in superior court to waive their right to a trial by jury. If adopted, the amendment would allow defendants to choose a trial by judge in criminal cases where the death penalty is not being sought. The full text of the proposed amendment is as follows:

“Constitutional amendment providing that a person accused of any criminal offense for which the State is not seeking a sentence of death in superior court may, in writing or on the record in court and with the consent of the trial judge, waive the person’s right to a trial by jury.”

Click here to see more about the amendment from the office of the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Montgomery County’s early voting schedule follows:

Oct. 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Troy
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Montgomery County Library in Troy

Nov. 1
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse only

Audio clips from many candidates in and representing Montgomery County can be found in the Decision 2014 section of our website.

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