Voters to take to the polls today for North Carolina’s primary election

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — On Tuesday, citizens across North Carolina will be able to vote in the 2018 primary election.

There are a few key things Board of Elections officials across the east want you to know before you hit the ballot box.

North Carolina does not require a photo ID to vote but registered voters will be asked to provide their name and address when they arrive. 

Voters are allowed to take advantage of same-day registration during early voting but not during election day.

When you arrive at the polling place you will be handed a ballot for your party affiliation.

If you are registered as an independent, you will be asked to choose to vote on the Democratic or Republican ticket. 

For a faster voting experience, Dave Davis with Pitt County Board of Elections says it helps to know the candidates you want to vote for before you walk in.

“That way they will also see how short the ballot is when it kind of gives them an idea of ‘OK well I already had my mind made up’, then it will be pretty quick going in,” said Davis. “It will take them longer to give their name address and party and get the ballot than it will to mark it and put it in the machine.”

Pitt County has seen nearly 7,500 early voters this year. That is almost 2,000 more than the 2014 midterm primaries.

Election officials believe that is because of the interest in the races for Pitt County Sheriff and District Attorney.

Lenoir County has seen significantly lower number than normal. This year’s early voting numbers show just under 1,000 people came out to vote during the last two weeks.

Beaufort and Craven counties have both seen equal, to slight increases, in voter turnout compared to this time in 2014.

To find your voting precinct CLICK HERE.

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