Thursday is the first day for one-stop early voting for the May primary election in New Hanover County. Voters will select candidates for local, state and federal races for the November general election. They will also get to decide on a state constitutional amendment on same sex-marriage.
WHQR’s Sara Wood reports one-stop voting will not only allow voters to cast their ballots before the primary election day, but those who missed the voter registration deadline will also have a chance to register and vote in one quick trip.
County Board of Election Director Marvin McFadyen says the board will be able to verify new voters in a quick and efficient manner. He says what’s also unique to this primary election is the fact that 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the general election day will be able to cast their ballots.
“They are nominating the candidate that they will be eligible to vote for in November. However, 17-year-old voters will not have the opportunity to vote on the constitutional amendment simply because that’s an actual election and not a primary nomination.”
McFadyen says the one-stop voting runs tomorrow and ends Saturday May 5, three days before the official primary election day.
One-Stop Voting Information, Locations and Hours:
One-stop voting begins Thursday, April 19 at the New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, Wilmington. Residents can register and/or vote for primary candidates and on the state constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5pm, and Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Three one-stop voting locations open on Monday, April 23. Locations include the Senior Resource Center, 2222 South College Road, Wilmington; New Hanover County Main Library, 201 Chestnut Street; and the Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington. Voting hours at these three locations will be Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 3 PM.
One-stop voting ends on Saturday, May 5. The primary election day is Tuesday, May 8.
For more election information, please visit the New Hanover County Board Elections web site.