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What to know ahead of Super Tuesday primary in North Carolina
No voter ID and poll operation hours
Published Sunday, March 1, 2020 12:13 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

There is no voter ID requirement to cast a ballot in North Carolina in the March 3 primary elections.

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North Carolina’s primary election is Tuesday. In case you’re new to casting a ballot, here are tips before you head to your polling place, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections:

1. What’s a primary? 

In a primary election, voters select a political party’s candidate to appear on the ballot for the November general election.

2. Who can vote? 

Voters who are registered with one of the five recognized parties (Constitution, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, or Republican) can cast a ballot in that party’s primary election.

Unaffiliated voters can ask for a Democratic, Libertarian, or Republican ballot, or nonpartisan ballot, if available.

Non-affiliated voters can’t vote in the Constitution or Green parties’ primary, as those they are closed to independents.

3. When can you vote? 

Polls across North Carolina are open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Voters in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot. Lines tend to be longer before and after normal business hours.

4. Where to vote

Determine your polling place at the State Board website: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/PPLkup/.

5. Which contests and candidates are on your ballot? 

Sample ballots are available online at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.

6. Casting a ballot: You can fill out a paper ballot or use a ballot marking device that produces a paper record.

If you hand-mark a paper ballot, completely fill in the oval to the left of each candidate or selection using a black pen.

If you tear, deface or wrongly mark the ballot, you can ask for a replacement. Be sure to verify your selections before putting the ballot into the tabulator, and make sure you’ve voted all pages of the ballot.

7. No same-day registration

Same-day registration is not available on Tuesday. Verify your registration status and political party affiliation at the state or local board of elections website.

8. Help for voters

If you need assistance at the polls, you can ask for it. Voters who can’t enter the polling place can vote curbside. Once inside the polling place, voters who experience difficulties should request help from a poll worker.

9. No photo ID necessary

A federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement in December and the injunction will stay in place until further notice.

The State Court of Appeals also temporarily blocked the law on Feb. 18.

10. Behave yourself

Voter intimidation is a crime. Voters who feel harassed or intimidated should alert an election official immediately or submit a report to the State Elections Board online at: https://goo.gl/v1yGew.


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