Early voting in primaries starts today

The early voting for the primaries will be held at the McDowell County Board of Elections.

The early voting in the 2020 primary elections starts today and will last until Saturday, Feb. 29.

The early, one-stop voting will be held at the McDowell County Board of Elections office at 2458 N.C. 226 South in Marion. Early voting there will be held today and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from Monday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Early voting will take place at the Board of Elections from Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 is the last day and the only Saturday during the early voting period. The voting on Feb. 29 will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the McDowell Board of Elections Website.

Voters may only vote the party’s ballot for which they are registered. You may not change your party affiliation at an early voting location. The deadline to change your party was 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7. If you are unaffiliated, you have a choice as to which party’s ballot (Democratic, Republican and Libertarian) you may vote in the primaries.

Election Day in the primaries will be Tuesday, March 3. On that day, state law requires voters to cast their ballots only at the polling location of the precinct in which they live. All 17 precincts in McDowell will be open on Tuesday, March 3. Voting on that day is available only to voters that were registered 25 days or more before the election. If you are not registered, you cannot vote on March 3, according to the Board of Elections Website.

Voters will not be required to show a photo ID in the 2020 primary election.

Here in McDowell, members of the Republican Party will decide who they want as their candidates for the County Commission, the Register of Deeds, the U.S. House of Representatives, state Commissioner of Labor and a judgeship for District 29A.

Local Democrats will pick their candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. All five parties will have primaries in the presidential race.

For more information, visit the McDowell County Board of Elections Website www.mcdowellboe.com or call 659-0834.

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