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Voting starts today in special primary

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Voting booths were set up inside of the Pitt Area Transit conference room, to prepare for Early Voting Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

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The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Early voting begins today in a special primary election to fill the 3rd Congressional District seat left vacant by the death of Walter Jones.

Pitt County’s one-stop, early voting site, the Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation Building, located at 4561 County Home Road, is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today-Friday, Monday through April 18 and April 22-26.

Pitt County will have no Saturday or Sunday voting during the early voting period.

The actual primary is April 30.

Twenty-six candidates — 17 Republicans, six Democrats, two Libertarians and one member of the Constitution Party — filed to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat.

Because only one Constitution Party candidate filed, there is no primary for that party.

Registered party members must vote in their party's primary, according to the State Board of Elections. Unaffiliated voters may choose to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary but not the Libertarian primary.

Voters will not be required to show an ID during the special election.

The 3rd Congressional District consists of Beaufort, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Greene, Hyde, Lenoir, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, part of Pitt and Tyrrell.

Nearly 12 percent of the District’s population lives in Pitt County. Within Pitt County, nearly 52 percent of the population lives in the 3rd District, including all of Fountain, Falkland, Farmville, Ayden, Grifton, Grimesland and Simpson along with portions of Greenville and Winterville.

Twenty-three of the county’s 40 voting precincts are in the district. Two of the precincts, Arthur and Greenville No. 9, are divided between the 1st and 3rd Congressional Districts. Pitt voters may look up their registration information at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/ to determine if they live in District 3.

Citizens 18 and older who are not registered to vote may register and vote on the same day during the early voting period. The deadline to register to vote in April 30 primary has passed.

A second primary will be held July 9 if necessary. The runner-up may request a second primary, or runoff, if no candidate receives more than 30 percent of the votes. The greater the number of primary candidates the more likely a second primary will be necessary. The top two vote-getters would be on the ballot for the second primary.

If there is no second primary, a general election featuring the top Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Constitutional party candidates and will be held July 9. If there is a second primary, the general election will be held Sept. 10.

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