Primary elections underway, polls close at 7:30 p.m. in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – Tuesday is the last day to vote in the 2024 primary election for those who did not vote early, and here is what voters should know if they are heading to the polls.

Election day for this year’s primaries is Tuesday, March 5th – also known as Super Tuesday because of the number of delegates that are up for grabs across the country. Along with the U.S. presidential primary, 21 offices are up for election specifically in the Tar Heel state.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections offers the ability to preview your voting list with the sample ballot found on their website.

Those voting tomorrow in person must do so at their assigned election-day precinct. Voters can check to make sure their registration information is accurate and up to date using the Voter Search tool. There, you can also find your polling place, absentee ballot information, and more.

This year is the first state election that requires voter identification. A comprehensive guide can be found, here. Officials say acceptable forms of ID include:

  • North Carolina driver’s license
  • State ID from the NCDMV (also called non-operator ID)
  • Driver’s license or non-driver’s license from another state, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory (only if voter registered in North Carolina within 90 days of the election)
  • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
  • Voter ID card issued by the County Board of Elections
  • College or university student ID approved by the State Board of Elections • State or local government or charter school employee ID approved by the State Board of Elections.

If a voter does not show an acceptable ID, election officials say a voter may proceed to vote in two ways:

  • Complete an ID Exception Form and then vote with a provisional ballot.
  • Vote with a provisional ballot and bring an acceptable form of photo ID to the County Board of Elections office by the day before the County canvass at 5:00 p.m.

Mail-in ballots will not count if they arrive at the county board of elections after Election Day. Voters can track their ballots through BallotTrax.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters in line by 7:30 p.m. will have the opportunity to vote.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections also says under changes made to Session Law 2023-14, Section 29, county boards must wait until 7:30 p.m. to close the polls before county early voting results. In turn, this will push unofficial voting results back.

You can watch election results populate on the State Board of Elections Results Dashboard.

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