Richmond Hill and Pembroke will hold elections Nov. 3, but voters don’t have to wait until then to cast their ballots.
The early voting period will begin Monday and run through Oct. 30.
Richmond Hill will hold its early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday during those three weeks at the John W. Stevens Wetlands Education Center inside J.F. Gregory Park.
Pembroke’s early voting location will be the J. Dixie Harn Community Center at 91 Lanier St., also from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Pembroke voters have two races on their ballot, for mayor and one City Council seat. Pembroke Mayor Mary Warnell is running for re-election against former mayor Judy Cook, and District 2 Councilwoman Kimberly McGhee is being challenged by Karen Lynn.
Pembroke’s other four City Council members — Ernest Hamilton, Johnnie Miller, Diane Moore and Tiffany Walraven — are running unopposed for re-election.
The only issue for Richmond Hill voters to decide is a referendum on whether to allow retailers in the city to sell alcohol on Sundays.
The two Richmond Hill City Council incumbents up for re-election — John Fesperman for the Post 3 seat and Jan Bass for Post 4 — are running unopposed.
Voters are not required to provide a reason or hardship in order to vote early. Early voting is simply an option to encourage voter turnout and ease congestion at polling places on Election Day.
“They can just go in and vote,” Pembroke City Clerk Betty Hill said.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the usual polling places in Pembroke and Richmond Hill.