What are the hours?

The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All voters in line at 7:30 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Absentee voters will have to hand in or mail their ballots to the Catawba County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. 

Where do I vote?

Unlike with early voting, voters must go to designated precincts to vote on primary day.

There are 40 precincts open for the primary election. Voters can check their registration and polling location at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup

Voters can locate their precinct at http://gis.catawbacountync.gov/voter 

Who can vote on primary day?

Anyone who has already registered to vote in Catawba County and has not yet voted, can vote.

Partisan affiliation does dictate who can vote in certain races. Only registered party members or unaffiliated voters may vote in a party’s primary.

For several offices up for election this year, including sheriff, district attorney and clerk of court, only Republican candidates are running.

The only Democratic primary in Catawba County is in U.S. House District 5, which covers three precincts in Northwestern Catawba County.

Can I register or change my information on the day of the primary?

No, the voter registration deadline has passed. Voters will be able to update their address under certain conditions on primary day, however.

Voters who are already registered in Catawba County but have moved can update their name and address when they go to vote.

A voter who moved to a new address within the county more than 30 days before the primary day should vote at the precinct for their new address.

If the voter moved less than 30 days before the primary, they should vote at the precinct for the old address.

Will I have to show ID?

Identification is only required for new voters who either did not include identification number on their registration form or did not include identifying information that could be verified.

Those voters can meet the requirement by showing a photo ID, paycheck, bank statement, utility bill or other government document with the voter’s name and address.

 Can I have help voting?

All voters are allowed to receive help from precinct officials and certain relatives. These relatives include parents, siblings, grandparents and children, as well as stepparents, stepchildren and stepsiblings.

Disabled voters may also be assisted by any person they choose. The only exception is representatives of a disabled voter's employer or union. 

Illiterate voters, or those who have difficulty reading English, may also have a person assist them.

Voters who are physically unable to enter the polling place are allowed to vote curbside. Voters using this method must take an oath that they have a condition that prevents them from entering the polling place.

Note: The following information was taken from the Catawba County and North Carolina boards of elections. For more information on the election and voting, call the Catawba County Board of Elections at 828-464-2424

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