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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Here’s what you need to know to vote in the primary

This year's primary election is early next month. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is next week, with one-stop voting opening at the end of the month.

The New Hanover County Government Center is a one-stop absentee voting location. (Port City Daily FILE PHOTO)

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C.—If you plan to vote in the upcoming primary election, the deadline to register is quickly approaching.

One-stop voting begins at the end of the month, with registration ending Friday, April 13. The primary election day is May 8.

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All North Carolina residents can check their voter registration status online. To register to vote, North Carolina residents can fill out the voter registration application.

Registered voters may cast their ballots ahead of the election.

There are a few ways to participate in this year’s primary election: Voters have the option to participate via one-stop voting — also known as “early voting” — by filling out an absentee ballot, or by voting on election day.

“Early voting” and same-day registration

One-stop voting is open in Pender and New Hanover County from April 19 through May 5.

One-stop voters in Pender County may visit two locations. One-stop voting locations in New Hanover County are available online now.

In Brunswick County, one-stop locations will be posted online when they become available.

Residents who miss the registration deadline of April 13 may participate in a same-day registration process during the one-stop voting period.

Residents will need to supply a few items to be eligible to participate in the same-day registration process:

  • Proof of address: This could either be a valid photo ID or a document that shows name along with the current address of the interested applicant.
  • The document must be dated within three months.

Electronic versions of documents that show proof of address will be accepted.

After the one-stop absentee voting period has ended, the last chance for registered residents to cast their ballot will be on election day.

Absentee ballots

Registered voters in North Carolina may mail in their votes without providing a proof of special circumstance or reason for doing so. The absentee ballot must be requested before May 1 and postmarked before May 8.

The state’s absentee ballot request form can be found online, or may also be hand-delivered.

Election day voting

Lastly, registered voters can cast their ballots on election day. Be sure to vote in a polling location that is aligned with your specific voting precinct. If you are unsure of your voting precinct, you can search for polling places online.

Area polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on election day, May 8.

Johanna Ferebee can be reached at or @j__ferebee on Twitter

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