Updated 5:47 p.m.
GREENSBORO — A flier distributed in the Applewood neighborhood gave the wrong hours for voting today, the Guilford County Board of Elections warned in an email.
The flier stated that polls were open from 1-3 p.m.
"This is incorrect," Elections Director Charlie Collicutt said in an email. "Polls close tonight at 7:30 p.m. and everyone in line at the time will be permitted to vote."
Updated 3 p.m.
GREENSBORO — One Greensboro precinct reports two voters who had problems voting this morning after they were marked as having already voted.
The issue cropped up at precinct G30, Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, said precinct judge Ivan Saul Cutler. Both voters are female, though he didn't know their party affiliation.
One of the women had been marked as having already voted through an absentee ballot, while the other woman was listed as having voted during early voting, Cutler said.
After consulting with the Guilford County Board of Elections, it was confirmed that neither woman had already voted, and they were cleared to vote in the election today, using provisional ballots.
"It created unnecessary consternation for the voters, but they were not upset," Cutler said.
He said his precinct has also seen at least three voters who thought they were properly registered through the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. However, when they came to the precinct to vote, discovered they were not on the voting books, Cutler said. Their addresses were verified and they, too, voted using provisional ballots.
A call to Guilford County Board of Elections Director Charlie Collicutt was not immediately returned.
Posted 9:29 a.m.
GREENSBORO — Lane Hayes, 29, cast his ballot on Election Day for social justice and equality, he said.
“The governor’s race and the senate race are very important,” he said, after voting at St. Benedict’s Parish Center in Greensboro about 8:30 a.m. “They have a big impact in how we’re viewed around the country. I voted Democrat all the way.”
Hayes said he also voted for the Greensboro bonds.
“I see them as adding to the economic development of the city,” he said.
Many were relieved to finally be voting, in the hopes of putting an end to the negativity of the presidential race.
“It’s been crazy, terrible,” said Janelle Garner, 45, of Greensboro, who voted at General Greene Elementary. “I’m ready for it to be over. The name-calling that we’ve stooped to, to get elected, is horrible.”
Several precincts in Guilford County had lines of about 25 to 50 people waiting at 6:30 a.m. when they opened, but those lines quickly shrank when the precincts opened.
About 100 people voted soon after polls opened at Memorial Presbyterian Church on McKnight Mill Road, according to precinct chief judge Diane Dinkins. She said voters have been polite, as usual, and voting is going smoothly.
She expected busy periods again during lunch and just after school ends, when a lot of parents stop by to vote.
“Please come out,” she encouraged voters. “Don’t wait until the last minute. Once 7:30 rolls around, that’s it.”
Dan Schram sat outside the church offering voters a list of all the Democratic candidates. He had offered to drive voters to the polls if needed, but party officials asked him to act as a greeter.
It wasn’t the presidential race that brought him out to vote and volunteer this year. It was the governor’s race and House Bill 2, the common name for a new law that prevents local governments from enacting their own anti-discrimination rules that include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The law, passed in March, also requires transgender people to use bathrooms in government buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.
Unlike Schram, the presidential election was the main draw for first-time voter Krista Zickafoose, who has been reading about the candidates on Facebook.
“I’m just excited to see who gets it,” the 20-year-old said.
T. Anthony Spearman, chief judge at the Brown Recreation Center, said he directed some voters to their correct precinct.
At St. Benedict’s Parrish Center, chief judge Amy Thompson said they had 50 people lined up at 6:30 a.m., the most she’s ever seen. A few people were prepared to show ID to vote, Thompson said, but were immediately told that was unnecessary.
Polls are open today until 7:30 p.m. As long as voters are in line at 7:30 p.m. they are allowed to vote.
Some parents took this election as the opportunity for a civics lesson for their children. Jennie Jones, 39, of Greensboro, said she tried to teach her son, Jones Tuttle, 11, about the presidential candidates.
“I spent a good part of this year talking about the difference between Hillary and Trump and the independents,” Jones said. “It’s hard to explain the difference between the candidates and not influence him.”
Tuttle said he became a Bernie Sanders supporter after Sanders was no longer in the running. He had a new favorite by Election Day, though.
“I kinda didn’t want (Donald) Trump to win because he says bad words,” Tuttle said. “I want Hillary (Clinton) because she could be the first female president. That’s a big change.”
Jones said she brought Tuttle with her to the polls on Election Day so he could see the whole process.
“It’s important to understand the issues and see the changes,” she said, adding that afterward, they were going to get pancakes as a reward.
At Brown Recreation Center, there were about 40 people waiting in line to cast their ballots, but the line moved steadily. Serita Jordan, 31, brought her 7- and 4-year-old with her to vote. She said early childhood education was what influenced her presidential vote.
“I didn’t hear Trump say anything about it, and it’s important to Hillary,” Jordan said.
She said the governor’s race is also important.
“I feel we need a different governor,” Jordan said. “I need one who can support what I need for my family. I need better economic stability.”
Only one polling site in Guilford County experienced problems this morning, said Charlie Collicutt, director of the board of elections. That was at Rankin Elementary. Some of the voting machines had trouble recognizing the cartridges that were loaded into the machines, leading to a slowdown there, he said. That problem was resolved by about 8:30 a.m.