Early voting underway for 3rd Congressional District race

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) Early voters came out to the Alice F. Keene Park Wednesday to cast their ballots and decide who will fill the shoes of former Congressman Walter Jones in the 3rd Congressional election.

Johnnie Lee is an early voter who says he voted for a candidate that will follow in Jones' footsteps.

"He didn't look at, deviate between Republicans or Democrats or even independents. When it came to Veterans, it came to Veterans straight up. I talked to him personally and he was on his toes on that and he was very intent about taking care of Veterans and their problems," says Lee.

Dave Davis with Pitt County Board Of Elections says he expects a good turnout for early voting.

"Two of the candidates are from here in Pitt County, so that's going to encourage folks to come out and vote," says Davis.

Davis says a lot of people are not aware that only people from the Third District can vote in this election. He encourages voters to contact the board of elections website to make sure they're in the Third District before going out to vote.

Jeff Hart came out for early voting and says he wants people to understand the importance of exercising their rights.

Hart says, "Everyone should vote. Anyone that can vote should get out and vote and if you don't express your opinion, don't criticize."

Candidates for this election include, Republican Greg Murphy, Democrat Allen Thomas, Libertarian Tim Harris, and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt.

Early voters have a 17 day period to cast their votes. Early voting lasts until September 6 and the official election day is September 10.