NC State Board of Elections offers 12 tips for voters on Primary Election Day:

With early in-person voting ending at 3 p.m. on Saturday May 14, primary election day is fast approaching – Tuesday May 17.

Here are 12 tips for voters voting on primary election day:

  1. In the primary election, voters will select candidates from one political party to advance to the November 8 general election. Ballot contests include the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, North Carolina General Assembly, state and local judges, district attorney, and county offices. In the primaries, voters affiliated with a political party will receive a ballot from their party’s candidates. Unaffiliated voters can choose the ballot of any party that has a primary. Libertarians have no primaries this year. More information: Next election.
  2. Voters from about 30 municipalities across the state will also go to the polls to elect mayors and city council members. These municipal elections take place at the same time and on the same ballot as the primaries for the legislative elections. To find out if your municipality is holding an election on May 17, visit the State Board’s Local Voter Tool.
  3. Polling stations are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Voters queuing at 7:30 p.m. will be able to vote.
  4. Find your polling station on election day using the Voter research or the Polling station search.
  5. Sample ballots are available through the Voter research tool. Enter your first and last name to view your voter record, then scroll down to the “Your Sample Ballot” section. For more information on the top contenders for the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals, see the State Board’s Judicial Voter’s Guide: 2022 Primary Election. The Council of State does not provide information on candidates for other competitions, but some media and advocacy groups do. Many candidates also have websites and social media accounts. Knowing your candidate choices ahead of time and being familiar with the ballot will help you vote faster.
  6. If you vote by mail and have not returned your ballot, you cannot return your ballot to a polling place on Election Day. You can return your ballot by mail or return your sealed ballot inside the completed envelope in person to your county council of elections before 5 p.m. on polling day. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and must be received by the county council no later than Friday, May 20. If you mail in your ballot on or before Election Day, you will no longer be able to vote in person.
  7. Residents of North Carolina cannot register to vote on Election Day unless they become eligible after the April 22 registration deadline due to becoming a U.S. citizen or their rights were restored following a felony conviction.
  8. Voters are not required to show photo ID to vote. To see Voter ID for more details.
  9. Voters who require assistance at the polls must request such assistance. Curbside voting is available for voters who cannot enter the polling place unaided due to age or a disability. Once inside the polling station, voters who are having difficulty should seek the assistance of an election worker. For more information, see the Assistance for Voters with Disabilities page.
  10. The Council of State asks all voters to respect the right of others to participate in the election. Intimidating a voter is a crime. Voters who feel harassed or intimidated should notify an election official immediately.
  11. If you show up to vote and your name is not on the voters list, you can request a provisional ballot. About 10 days after an election, voters who cast a provisional ballot can check the status of their ballot with the Provisional search tool.
  12. On election night, unofficial results will be updated as soon as they are available on the Election Results Dashboard.

For more information on voting on Election Day, please visit Vote in person on Election Day.


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