Early in-person voting for the May 17 primary begins Thursday

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) — Early in-person voting for the May 17 primary begins Thursday, April 28.

The early voting period will continue until Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m.

The State Board of Elections advises first-time voters on everything they need to know. These tips include:

  • Voters can vote at any early voting site in their county. Use the One-stop early voting site finder tool here.
  • Sample ballots for the primary election are available by via the voter search tool here.
  • Those who missed the April 22 voter registration deadline can register and vote at the same time during the early voting period. Same-day registrants must show proof of eligibility and residency. More information can be found here.
  • Voters cannot change party affiliation on an early voting site during a primary election. However, when you register to vote on an early voting site, you can update your name or address within the same county.
  • Voters who receive a mail-in ballot can deliver their completed ballot to an election official at an early voting site in their county. More information can be found here.
  • For voters who have requested an absentee ballot but have not yet returned it, they can choose to vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day, May 17. Voters can reject the absentee ballot and do not need to bring it to a voting site.
  • Voters at one-stop early voting sites are entitled to the same assistance as voters at a polling station on Election Day. Curbside voting is available to eligible individuals at all early voting sites and More information can be found here.

The State Board of Elections reminds people that intimidating a voter is a crime. Voters are asked to respect the rights of other participants in the election.

Additionally, North Carolina law prohibits photographing or videotaping ballots. Voters can use electronic devices in the voting booth to access information, but they cannot use the devices to communicate with anyone or take photos/videos of their ballot.

The State Board says the first two and last two days of the early voting process — April 28-29 and May 13-14 this year — are typically the busiest.

More information on early voting in person can be found here.

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