Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in North Carolina less than two months before midterm elections and officials are taking precautions ahead of time.
State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement Director Kim Strach sent out a memo Tuesday encouraging county boards of elections to prepare for potential flooding and not to take any chances with voting materials and equipment.
“Many of you were impacted by Hurricane Matthew back in 2016 with severe flooding that limited access to your office or voting sites,” the memo states. “The rainfall amounts anticipated with this storm could be in excess of 15 to 20 inches in some areas. This could result in flooding in places that normally do not flood. For those counties on the coast, the effects of the storm could begin as early as Wednesday so all preparations need to be made as soon as possible.”
Preparations include making sure all voting equipment, electronic equipment, files and other essential items are protected from the storm by moving them to higher ground or securing them in some other secure way.
“It is important for us all to remember that our emergency plans must also maintain the highest security safeguards,” Strach states in the memo.
The memo also addresses a Sept. 22 deadline for absentee ballots to be completed and how everyone will continue to work to complete the ballots. Read the full memo below: