2018 Primary Election
Here is your quick guide to the May 8, 2018 Primary Election!
What is a Primary?
In even-numbered years a primary election is held to nominate a candidate to represent a political party in the general election held later in the same year. In 2018, North Carolina’s officially recognized political parties (the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Libertarians) will hold their primaries on Tuesday, May 8. Registered voters may vote only in the primary election of their declared party.
Unaffiliated voters in North Carolina MAY vote in primary elections. Currently in North Carolina the Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians open their respective primaries to unaffiliated voters. When unaffiliated voters present themselves to vote, in addition to stating their name and residential address, they will also state in which party’s primary they would like to participate. This choice is for that primary only and it will carry over to the second primary if a second primary is called. This choice does not change the voters’ registration status from unaffiliated.
What is on the ballot?
What is on your ballot will depend on your registered, or chosen, party and your jurisdictions (where you live). For a diagram outlining the primary election contests, click here.
You can use the voter lookup tool to find your specific sample ballot.
For a candidate listing, click here.
The voter registration deadline is April 13th. This is also the deadline for current registrants to change party affiliation; such changes are not permitted during one-stop voting. Same-day registration is available only at one-stop early voting. Use this Voter Registration Form to register, update your address or change your party. Please note: first-time Brunswick County registrations and ALL party changes may not be submitted electronically.
You can check your registration here
Same-day registration is available during One-Stop early voting. A new registrant may register and vote on the same day. They may not register at One-Stop and then vote on Election Day. A voter must present acceptable proof of residency; for details click here.
One-Stop Early voting begins Thursday, April 19 and runs until 1 PM, Saturday, May 5, 2018.
For a full schedule of locations and hours, click here.
Need to vote by mail?
Absentee voting by mail begins March 19. In order for us to mail you an absentee ballot, you must submit the Absentee Ballot Request Form to our office no later than 5 PM, Tuesday, May 1st. Requests may be submitted by mail, fax or email (email@example.com). All forms must have a pen-to-paper signature; electronic substitutions are not accepted.