Why vote in a primary election?
Primary elections provide voters with an invaluable opportunity to nominate candidates who most closely embrace their ideals and also demonstrate an ability to win a general election contest.
North Carolina administers a semi-closed primary election process. Democrats may vote in the Democratic primary. Republicans may vote in the Republican primary. Libertarians may vote in the Libertarian primary. Unaffiliated voters may choose to vote in either the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian primary.
The upcoming May 8, 2018 primary election is particularly important because recent redistricting has altered many state legislative districts in North Carolina. The 16th District of the North Carolina state Senate exemplifies the impact of recent redistricting. The 16th District is now an open seat, without an incumbent state Senator.
What are my options to vote?
North Carolinians registered to vote in Wake County may cast their ballot in the upcoming May 8, 2018 primary election in a variety of ways:
- Vote by mail via absentee ballot
- Vote early at any Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site
- Vote on Election Day at your local Election Day precinct polling place
How do I vote absentee by mail?
Any North Carolinian who is registered to vote may vote absentee by mail. The Wake County Board of Elections is scheduled to begin processing absentee ballot requests for the May 8, 2018 primary election on March 19, 2018. Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot but all absentee ballot requests must be submitted to the Wake County Board of Elections by 5:00 pm on May 1, 2018.
To request an absentee ballot, voters must complete an absentee ballot request form and submit the request to the Wake County Board of Elections via:
- Mail: Wake County Board of Elections, P.O. Box 695, Raleigh, NC 27602
- Email: email@example.com
- Fax: (919) 856-5864
- Hand delivery: Wake County Office Building, 337 S. Salisbury St., 1st Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601
The Wake County Board of Elections will process your absentee ballot request and mail an absentee ballot to the address specified on your absentee ballot request. Absentee ballots must be completed and postmarked on or before May 8, 2018 or hand-delivered to the Wake County Board of Elections by 5:00 pm on May 8, 2018 to be counted in the May 8, 2018 primary election vote tally.
When and where can I vote early?
Early voting for the May 8, 2018 primary election begins on April 21, 2018. North Carolinians registered to vote in Wake County may vote at any Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site.
Early voting is available at any of the following locations in Wake County during the following schedule:
When and where can I vote on primary Election Day?
Registered voters may vote in the May 8, 2018 primary election on Election Day between 6:30 am and 7:30 pm at their local Election Day Precinct polling place. North Carolinians are not permitted to register to vote on Election Day. If you go to the wrong precinct on Election Day or have any problem at the poll, you have the right to vote with a provisional ballot.
How do I confirm my current voter registration information?
All voters are highly encouraged to confirm their voter registration prior to voting. North Carolinians may confirm their voter registration by inputting their information into the North Carolina State Board of Elections voter search tool. The North Carolina State Board of Elections voter search tool will confirm a voter’s registration address, Election Day precinct polling place, electoral districts and party affiliation. The tool will also provide a voter with a sample ballot for the upcoming May 8, 2018 primary election.
Can I still register to vote for the May 8, 2018 primary election?
Eligible residents of Wake County can register to vote at any Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site during the primary election early vote schedule. Eligible residents of Wake County who seek to register to vote at a Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site may be asked to provide proof of name and address. Acceptable proof includes: any government document that lists name and address, pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, or student ID w/ school document showing address.
Voters can also update their voter registration at any Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site. Voters should update their voter registration if they moved 30 or more days before primary Election Day (May 8, 2018).
Voters may not change their party affiliation during the primary election Early Vote period.
Do I need photo identification to vote?
No, voters are not required to present photo identification to vote in North Carolina. However, if an individual seeks to register to vote at a Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site, they may be required to provide proof of address. Acceptable proof includes: any government document that lists name and address, pay stub, utility bill, bank statement or student ID with school document showing address.
Can I vote in the May 8, 2018 primary election if I’m only 17 years of age?
Yes, 17 year-olds may register and vote for candidates in the May 8, 2018 primary if they will be 18 years of age by November 6, 2018.
Can I vote if I have been convicted of a crime?
North Carolinians convicted of felonies are prohibited from voting or registering to vote until they’ve completed all terms of their felony sentences, including any probation or parole. North Carolinians who have completed their sentences or receive a pardon may register to vote and vote. Those convicted of misdemeanors in North Carolina do not lose their voting rights, even if they are/were incarcerated.
What should I do if encounter difficulties when attempting to vote?
Please contact the Voter Helpline: 888-OUR-VOTE or NCVoter.org.