Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Early voting for 2024 primary opens soon; here’s what to know

To participate in the primaries, voters must register by Friday, Feb. 9 or they can show up to any precinct during the early voting period, which begins Thursday, Feb. 15, and closes Mar. 2. Check here to see if your registration is active at your current address. (Courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — It’s one month away from the 2024 Primary Election, with the ballot including candidates for U.S. president, state governor and attorney general, among other North Carolina offices, as well as local school boards and commissioners aplenty.

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To participate in the Primary Election, voters must register by Friday, Feb. 9 or they can show up to any precinct during the early voting period, which begins Thursday, Feb. 15, and closes Mar. 2. Check here to see if your registration is active at your current address.

Voters will choose which candidates from their registered party they want to move forward in the formal election; unaffiliated voters can choose which party’s primary they want to vote in.  

Port City Daily has been running candidate profiles for commissioners and school board ahead of the elections in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. To catch up on where candidates stand on issues to help inform your vote, click here.

A valid photo ID will be needed for both the Primary Election and on Election Day, Nov. 5, 2024. Anyone without a license or identification card can obtain a free ID from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles or from their county board of elections office. Voters without an ID can still cast a ballot by filling out an ID exception form, available at the polling station.  

Absentee ballots are available through Feb. 27, 5 p.m. Voters choosing to go this route must have the packet returned by 7:30 p.m. on Primary Election Day, March 5. It can be mailed, hand-delivered to the board of elections office, or dropped off at the early voting locations in the voter’s registered county (absentee ballots can be tracked here).

Below are early voting stops and hours in the tri-county region:

Brunswick County

  • The Cooperative Extension: 25 Referendum Dr. in Bolivia
  • Leland Cultural Arts Center: 1212 Magnolia Village Way
  • Brunswick Center at Southport: 1513 N. Howe St.
  • Brunswick Center at Shallotte: 3620 Express Dr.
  • Sunset Beach Community Center: 200 Station Trail

Early voting at the Cooperative Extension is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 15-16, 19-23, and 26-Mar. 1, and on Mar. 2, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The other locations are open: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15-16, 19-23, 26-Mar. 1, and on Saturday, Feb. 17 and 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Mar. 2, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The locations open one Sunday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  

New Hanover County

  • Northeast Regional Library: 1241 Military Cutoff Rd., David E Paynter Room
  • Carolina Beach Town Hall: 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., the police training room
  • CFCC Health Sciences Building, 415 N. 2nd St.
  • NHC Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Rd.

Early voting stops are open Feb. 15-16, 19-23, 26-29 and March 1, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 24-25, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2.

Curbside voting will be available at all Early Voting sites for anyone unable to enter the voting location due to age, physical disability, and physical barriers encountered at the voting place.  

Pender County

  • Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department: 19170 US Hwy 421, Watha
  • Pender County Annex Building: 15060 US Hwy 17, Hampstead
  • Pender County NC Coop Extension Auditorium: 801 S. Walker St., Burgaw
  • Surf City Community Center Gym: 201 Community Center Dr. 

Early voting stops are open Feb. 15-16, 19-23, 26-29 and March 1, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and at 3 p.m. on Feb. 18, 24, and March 2. 


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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