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NORTH CAROLINA -- Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday for registered North Carolina voters who did not vote early in the Primary Election.

Polls close at 7:30 p.m., and absentee ballots are due by 5 p.m. to each voter's local board of elections. Mailed absentee ballots must be post-marked before or on the date of the Primary Election and be received by the local board of elections by 5 p.m. Friday.

The North Carolina Voter ID law does not go into effect until 2016, but the North Carolina Board of Elections reminds voters they might be asked--but not required--to show ID. As long as they are voting in their assigned precincts and are eligible, they will be allowed to cast a ballot.

For more information about voting in N.C. go to the N.C. Board of Elections' website.

After polls close at 7:30 p.m. and as soon as results start becoming available, WFMY News 2 will have results at the bottom of the TV screen and also online.

The North Carolina Board of Elections stipulates voters must vote in their assigned precincts, or else their ballots will not be counted. Voters are encouraged to check with their local Board of Elections, if they do not know their proper assigned precinct. Voters also can visit the NC Polling Place Search.

According to Gannett news partner USA Today, political analysts explain the North Carolina Primary has captivated national attention, particularly as republicans seek to take majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana, who have primaries May 6, are expected to foreshadow whether a moderate republican or more conservative republican will be republican voters' pick to take on chosen democrats in the General Election.

Two Democrats, eight Republicans and two libertarians are challenging incumbent democratic senator Kay Hagan for her U.S. Senate seat.

Nine republicans and two democrats are competing to be on the ballot for retiring Republican representative Howard Coble's U.S. House of Representatives District Six seat.

Six democrats and one republican are competing to fill the U.S. House of Representatives District 12 vacated seat of democrat Mel Watt for the remainder of his unexpired term. Seven democrats and two republicans--the majority of whom also are listed as candidates for the unexpired term--are competing to fulfill a full term for the open District 12 seat.

Two republicans and three democrats are competing for republican incumbent Renee Elmers' U.S. House of Representatives District Two seat.

To see the a full list of candidates (including those for county-specific races) and issues on ballots in your precinct, visit the Board of Elections website for your candidate:

Guilford County Board of Elections

Forsyth County Board of Elections

Alamance County Board of Elections

Rockingham County Board of Elections

Randolph County Board of Elections

Montgomery County Board of Elections

Caswell County Board of Elections

Davidson County Board of Elections

Davie County Board of Elections

Yadkin County Board of Elections

Stokes County Board of Elections

Surry County Board of Elections

Alleghany County Board of Elections

Wilkes County Board of Elections

Polls Open For 2014 NC Primary Election

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