Thanks, early voters, for making primary day smoother

Voting went smoothly at the Albright precinct in Alamance County Tuesay. (CJ photo by Barry Smith)

Voting went smoothly at the Albright precinct in Alamance County Tuesay. (CJ photo by Barry Smith)

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.”

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