Early voting, one-stop regisration information
By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Early voting for the May primaries, the first step toward picking Pitt County’s next district attorney, sheriff and state legislators, is underway.
The May 8 primaries allow voters to select the Democrat or Republican they want to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot for each office.
Since the county has differing district lines for congressional, legislative and county board of commissioners, voters receive different ballots.
This year Pitt County has 10 ballot styles, six for Democratic candidates and four for Republicans, said Dave Davis, elections director.
Under North Carolina voting rules, registered Democrats and registered Republicans must vote their party’s ballot. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party’s primary they want to vote in.
Individuals registered as Libertarians or members of the Green Party cannot vote during the primaries because they have no contested local or statewide races.
Early voting allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person at any early voting site in their county. Four Pitt County early voting locations — the center at Alice F. Keene Park, 4561 County Home Road; Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle; County Office Building, PATS Conference Room, 1717 W. Fifth St.; and Winterville Fire Station Community Room, 2593 Railroad St., Winterville — will be open today through May 4, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and three Saturdays, April 21, April 28 and May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Three more locations — the Ayden Community Building, Community Room, 548 Second St.; the Farmville Community Center, Community Room, 3880 S. Main St.; and East Carolina University’s Willis Building, 300 E. First St. — will be open from April 30-May 4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During the early-voting period, new voters can register and vote on the same day. They must fill out a voter registration application and present one of the following, according to the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement website:
■ A North Carolina driver license.
■ Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, so long as the card bears the voter's current name and current address.
■ A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address.
■ A current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation.
Same-day registration is not available on Election Day.
Voters can their check their registrations or view their primary ballots through the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement website, www.ncsbe.gov and click on the Voter Lookup tool.