Early voting to begin Thursday
Early voting for local primary elections begins Thursday and will last until May 3. Election Day itself is May 6.
Unlike in years past, there will be no same-day registration because it has been banned by a new state law. There will, however, still be One Stop sites for voters to correct their name and address if needed, although voters won’t be able to change their party affiliation. Voters also will not have to show photo identification, as the law requiring that doesn’t take effect until 2016.
If they come to the polls, Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians must vote in their party’s primary only, and Unaffiliated voters may choose to vote in the Republican primary, the Democratic primary, or neither.
Depending on their party and where they live within the county, Lee County voters will be able to vote in a number of local, statewide and national races, including U.S. Senate, U.S. House, N.C. Senate, N.C. House, N.C. Supreme Court, Lee County Board of Commissioners and Lee County Board of Education.
Registered voters may go the Lee County Board of Elections office at 225 S. Steele St., or the McSwain Agricultural Center at 2420 Tramway Road, to cast their ballots during early voting. The offices will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on the final Saturday, May 3, when the polls close at 1 p.m.
There will be no voting Monday, May 5, and on Election Day, May 6, the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. People must vote at their specific precinct, since the early voting sites at the McSwain Center and elections office will both be closed then.
In Chatham County, voters will have four places to cast a ballot during early voting: In Pittsboro at the Board of Elections office, in Siler City at the Earl B. Fitts Community Center, in north Chatham at Cole Park Plaza off of 15-501, and in Goldston on Coral Avenue across from the Dollar General.
Early voting hours in Chatham County will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday (except in Pittsboro, which closes at 6 p.m.) and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Saturday, May 3.
On Election Day, voters must vote in their precincts between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
In Harnett County, early election voting will be open at the Board of Elections office in Lillington on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
On the two Saturdays in early voting, that office will be open, along with polling sites at the Western Harnett High School gym, the Erwin Community Building and the Angier Elementary School gym. All four sites will be open this Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Election Day, the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and voters must vote at their precincts.
In Moore County, early voting will be available at the Moore County Agricultural Center in Carthage on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There also will be a site open Wednesday through Friday at the Old West End School gym from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Election Day, voters must vote at their precincts between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.