Casting my ballot went quite smoothly as I walked into the polling place at Mt. Hermon Community Center in southern Alamance County this morning. I guess I have early voters to thank for that. There was no crowd.
The poll workers stumping for candidates there told me that the flow had been steady during the morning.
I didn’t have to wait. After the precinct official asked my last name, I said, “Smith. Do you have any of them?” She reminded me that I didn’t need a photo ID to vote today, but I would need one in 2016.
I noticed the names on the ballot were in reverse alphabetical order, with Thom Tillis’ name appearing at the top of the Republican U.S. Senate primary. That’s the result of a law enacted in 2001, long before Tillis, who is now speaker of the House, became a member of the General Assembly. It instructed the State Board of Elections to come up with a process for “random selection.”