NORTH CAROLINA -- Polls opened across North Carolina Thursday morning for one-stop early voting in the May 6 Primary Election.
The Election, which has generated national attention, will determine the final candidates for the races to fill retiring republican Representative Howard Coble's congressional seat, as well as democratic Senator Kay Hagan's current seat.
One-stop early voting allows voters to request, receive and vote on the ballot within one time period. It permits voters to avoid long lines on Election Day and ensures voting date alternatives for voters with Election Day conflicts and for voters who have moved within the same county since they last registered.
In Guilford County, early voting began at 8 a.m. at the Old Courthouse on West Market Street. Voters can go to that location through 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., next Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satellite locations also are operating with extended hours.
In Forsyth County, voters can vote early at the Forsyth County Government Center on North Chestnut Street in Winston-Salem between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and next Monday through Friday. Voting is available Saturday May 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satellite sites are offering extended hours.
In Alamance County, early voting is at the Graham Public Library on Main Street in Graham. Hours are Thursday, Friday and next Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This year, same-day registration no longer is allowed, and voters must have registered by April 11. Also, provisional ballot requirements have changed. If there are questions about a voter's eligibility, and he or she is given a provisional ballot, the ballot will be marked as a provisional ballot. If it is incorrectly placed into the voting equipment, it will be retrieved. Provisional ballots cast outside of a voter's assigned precinct on Election Day will not be counted.
The new North Carolina Voter ID law does not go into effect until 2016. Voters in the primary will not be required to show a photo ID and will be allowed to vote as long as their name and address are on the list of registered voters in the precinct.
Polls opened across North Carolina Thursday morning for one-stop early voting in the May 6 Primary Election. WFMY News 2