One-stop site locations confuse early voters in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Thursday marked the first day of early voting in North Carolina.

As voters began to show up at the Washington Terrace Park & Community Center in High Point, they quickly realized the city is not yet participating in early voting.

"Very frustrating, very frustrating,” said Marcus Ellerbe, who showed up to vote.

"I’m not surprised that they were confused, because whenever I first heard when early voting starts, I said OK we are ready to go. We’ll be able to go to Washington Terrace,” said Pastor Michael Ellerbe.

Ellerbe came to Washington Terrace not to vote, but as cars pulled in to help soften the blow.

"So we wanted to make sure that the people didn't get frustrated and not vote at all, but to offer up some clarity,” he said.

Many found out as soon as they walked up to the door that they couldn't early vote in High Point yet.

"I didn't know I was just going on assumption that this would be one of the early voting places,” said Kenneth Brevard, who also came to vote.

"This time we are only opening this office for this first week. I totally understand the confusion. We’ve done our best but counties can do it so much differently, it totally adds to the confusion,” said Charlie Collicutt, director of the Guilford County Board of Elections.

Back in August, the Guilford County Board of Elections approved a plan to offer more locations and more additional hours compared to the 2012 election.

However, for this first week of early voting you have to go to the Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro.

"Me being a resident of High Point, it literally says that High Point you don't matter,” Ellerbe said.

"I guarantee that there will be 500-600 people that come here today not will not be able to vote that would have voted today,” Brevard said.

Early voting lasts for 17 days and ends on Nov. 5. Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Need more information? View the North Carolina Board State Board of Election's website for a full list of available precincts in your area.

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