"We've had forty voters thus far," Larry Hammond said Monday. Hammond is supervisor of the Bladen County Board of Elections, where early voting started Thursday.
The regular municipal elections will be held Nov. 8. Turnout for early voting, also called no excuse voting, has been an indicator in previous elections.
During years that feature hotly contested county, state, and federal races, early voting is heavy. Municipal races traditionally gather the least interest, Hammond said, and so far this season, even the early voting has been slow.
Hammond said he hopes that changes as the Nov. 8 election day nears.
"We're open every weekday until five,' Hammond said, "and we encourage people to use the early voting option. It's convenient and fast."
Municipal elections are paid for by the towns, although the county elections office manages the voting as a service.
"People are very prone to ignore local elections," Hammond said. "Municipal elections are very important to the residents of towns, and everyone who can needs to cast their vote. It doesn't take very long, and with early voting, it's even easier."
For more information on early voting, call the Board of Elections at 862-6951.