10/21/21: VIDEO OF TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM IS NOW ONLINE. Plus Details on Same-Day Voter Registration.

The videotape of the virtual Southern Shores Town Council Candidate Forum, hosted Oct. 13 by the League of Women Voters of Dare County, is now online at https://lwvdarenc.org/videos/.

All five Southern Shores candidates—two for mayor and three for an at-large Town Council seat (see ballot above)—participated in the forum and also answered questions for the League’s Vote411.org online voters’ guide.

You may access the voters’ guide at https://www.vote411.org/ballot.

Early voting, aka “one-stop” voting, for the Nov. 2 municipal election began Oct. 14 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall and the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Sat., Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be no early voting this weekend, Oct. 23-24.

The Southern Shores polling place for voting on Election Day, Nov. 2, will be the Kitty Hawk Elementary School gymnasium, not the Kern Pitts Center. The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Please Note: Because of my conflicts of interests as a Town Council candidate, The Beacon will not be endorsing a mayoral candidate, as we thought months ago we might.


If you are not yet registered to vote, you have missed the deadline for voting on Election Day, but you still may participate in same-day voter registration during the early one-stop voting period. The process and requirements for same-day voter registration are explained on the Dare County Board of Elections’ website at https://www.darenc.com/departments/elections/register-to-vote.

Basically, you must attest to your eligibility to vote in your respective Dare County town by completing and signing a Voter Registration Application and then producing documentary evidence of your residence.

The evidence need not be a N.C. driver’s license with a Southern Shores (or other Dare County town) address. You may produce a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document showing your name and address.

After you have registered, you may vote in the municipal election.

Within two business days of your registration, according to the Board of Elections’ website, the Board will verify your registration (or not) and count your vote if you are qualified.

IF YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOTE, you do not need to produce your voter registration card or a photo ID in order to vote. All you need to do is state your name and residential address to a poll worker upon check-in.  

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 10/21/21


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