Early voting starts today in Republican runoff
Adams Publishing Group
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Early voting begins today in the second Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District.
Voters will choose between Rep. Greg Murphy, a doctor from Greenville, and Dr. Joan Perry of Kinston. Polls open at 7 a.m. at the Pitt County Community, Schools and Recreation building, 4561 County Home Road.
The site will be open for early voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday as well as June 24-28, July 1-3 and July 5. The site will not open on Saturdays or Sundays. All District 3 polling places will open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on July 9, Election day.
Election-day voters must vote in their precincts. The precinct lookup tool at www.ncsbe.gov tells voters where their precincts are, or they can call the local elections office if necessary.
Voters do not need to present photo identification to vote in elections this year — including municipal elections in the fall — but will need to have photo ID to vote in 2020, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.
The July 9 primary is open to registered Republicans and unaffiliated voters who marked the Republican ballot in the April primary. It also is open to unaffiliated voters who did not vote in the April primary.
The winner of the July 9 vote will face Democrat Allen Thomas, of Greenville, and third-party candidates in the general election on Sept. 10.
Republicans are having an additional primary because none of the 17 candidates who ran in April got more than 30 percent of the vote. Murphy got the largest share, at 22.5 percent, followed by Perry at 15.4 percent. That allowed Perry to request the runoff.
Both Murphy and Perry have campaigned as Christian conservatives who’ve expressed support for President Donald Trump on key issues of immigration and trade. Both also said they oppose abortion without exceptions.
Perry opposes expanding Medicaid while Murphy has proposed a Republican approach to it. That approach includes work requirements for beneficiaries and requires non-state sources pay its costs.
Murphy argues Medicaid is needed to care for the working poor who fall into a coverage gap. Perry contends Medicaid expansion would overburden the health system, and there are other ways to help them get health care.
Murphy would bring state legislative experience to the job, while Perry says she offers perspective as a political outsider, mother and grandmother.