For Voters: A primer on the May 8 primary

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For Voters: A primer on the May 8 primary


The following are a few things for voters to know as they prepared to vote in the May 8 primary:

Am I registered?

To check your registration, go HERE. This "Voter Lookup" tool will give you all of your registration information, including the districts you reside in for Congress, state House and Senate, Superior Court, county commission and board of education, among others. It will also show your Election Day polling place. 

The regular voter registration deadline for the May 8 primary is Friday (April 13). That is the last day for voters to change their party affiliation to be effective in this year’s primary.

Voter registration applications are available HERE. They must be postmarked by April 13. 

Of course, eligible individuals may register and vote on the same day during the one-stop early voting period, which runs from April 19 through May 5. In North Carolina, voters may not register on Election Day.


Can I vote in all party primaries?

No. In a partisan primary, a voter who is registered with a political party may only participate in that party’s primary. Voters who are registered as unaffiliated may participate in one of the other party primaries. Unaffiliated voters may decide which party’s ballot to select. The Green Party, which was recently recognized as an official party in North Carolina, will not have a primary in 2018, but its candidates will be on ballots in November.


How do I vote?

North Carolina voters have a number of voting options – absentee by-mail, in-person early voting and Election Day, as well as military and overseas absentee voting.

Absentee by-mail voting (already begun for May primary)

Any registered N.C. voter may request and absentee ballot by mail by filling out the State Absentee Ballot Request Form.

The voter’s county board of elections will then mail the voter a ballot, which the voter completes and has witnessed according to instructions. The voter then returns the voter ballot to his or her county board of elections.  

In-person early voting (April 19 through May 5)

Early voting allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person on select days before Election Day. During early voting, registered voters may vote at any early voting site in their county of residence.

Eligible individuals who missed the regular registration deadline may also register and vote during the early voting period (also called same-day registration). Same-day registrants must fill out a registration form and attest to their eligibility to vote and provide proof of residence (N.C. driver license, other government-issued photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement or government document showing name and address, or a current college/university photo ID card paired with proof of campus habitation).

Early voting sites and hours vary by county. They are available HERE.


Election Day voting (Tuesday, May 8, 2018)

In contrast to the early voting period, Election Day voters must vote in their assigned precincts. The voter’s precinct is listed on his or her voter card and available through the “Voter Lookup” tool.

Voters who show up at the wrong precinct on Election Day will be asked to go to the correct precinct or cast a provisional ballot.


What will my ballot look like?

Individual voters’ sample ballots are available through the “Voter Lookup” tool.


Still have questions?

Additional information is available on the State Board’s website. Voter also may call their county board of elections. County contact information is HERE.


Where can I find results?

After the polls close on election night, statewide primary results will be posted on the State Board’s website.

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