Know before you go: Early voting for N.C. primary underway

Mecklenburg County will offer 16 early-voting locations.
Anyone already registered can vote on April 28, and early ballots will be accepted until May 14.
Published: Apr. 27, 2022 at 6:41 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Early voting for North Carolina’s primary election got underway Thursday.

Some of the races include offices in the U.S. House and Senate, and here in Mecklenburg County, mayoral and city council positions are up for grabs.

Early voting was incredibly popular in 2020 with close to 90% of Mecklenburg County voters casting their ballots before election day.

This year, election officials are still promoting voting early, and are offering more locations than in any primary election in the past.

Voters can choose from 16 early voting locations, which will remain open through May 14.

Mecklenburg County will offer 16 early-voting locations.

“A couple of years ago we were using high school gymnasiums,” Mecklenburg County Board of Elections Director, Michael Dickerson, told WBTV. “We were able to spread out. We’re still trying to go for bigger, larger sites. We’re still using the screen guards. We’ll have the sanitizer and the wipes.”

This year, masks are optional.

Dickerson also wants to remind people who are absentee voting that they may have to get one more witness.

“Either one witness that’s a notary, or two witnesses that saw that you voted that ballot,” he said. “That needs to be signed by them, and it needs to be addressed by them so that we can go ahead and process that ballot for you.”

Dickerson said they are seeing a slight uptick in absentee voting compared to primaries past, and he expects many people to take advantage of early voting.

He also said that now is the time to do your homework.

“We just went through redistricting,” he said. “Who’s my congressman now? Who are my state house and senate representatives? Even the city of Charlotte and commissioners redrew their districts.”

If you choose to vote via an absentee ballot, you can either send your ballot by mail or drop it off in person at the board of elections office.

If you choose to wait, you can vote on election day on May 17 at your precinct.

Libertarian voters are not eligible to vote in the primary.

If you are unaffiliated, you can vote but you’ll have to choose either a Republican or Democrat ballot.

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