Generic voting ballot

It’s time to vote, Iredell County.

The in-person early voting period for the 2020 primary election begins today. It will continue through Feb. 29. A sample ballot can be seen by logging in to your registration at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/.

During the 17-day period, any voter registered here can vote at any early voting site in Iredell County. The primary will be March 3. Individuals can also register and vote at the same time using same-day registration. During the early voting period, registered voters can update their names or addresses, but they may not change their party affiliation.

To take advantage of same-day registration, voters must attest to their eligibility by signing a voter registration application and providing proof of residence.

To check your voter registration information in North Carolina, visit https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.

To avoid long lines, voters should keep in mind that the busiest early voting days typically are the first and last days, according to the Board of Elections.

“Early voting gives North Carolina voters an opportunity to vote at their own convenience, and also to register if they have not already done so,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “We hope voters take advantage of this opportunity in this important election year.”

Here are some additional facts presented by the board:

What is a primary election?

In a primary election, voters select which candidates will appear on the ballot for a given political party in the general election in November. Voters who are registered with one of the recognized political parties (Constitution, Democratic, Green, Libertarian or Republican) may only cast ballots in that party’s primary. Unaffiliated voters can request a Democratic, Libertarian or Republican ballot, or nonpartisan ballot, if available.

Voters may also cast their ballots through absentee by-mail voting or in person on Election Day. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the March primary is Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Voters must submit an absentee ballot request form by mail or in person to their county board of elections. For more about absentee voting, visit the state board website.

The primary election is March 3, earlier than in previous years. Because weather may be unpredictable on Election Day, the state board encourages voters to vote early, either by mail or in person.

“The weather in North Carolina in early March can be unpredictable, so we are reminding voters that there are ways to cast their ballot before the March 3 primary,” Brinson Bell said.

Voters are not required to show photo ID for the March 2020 primary election. In a December 31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court.

Where to vote:Where can one vote from today through Feb. 29? In Iredell County, one can vote at the Board of Elections located at 203 Stockton Street Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8-3 p.m. on Feb. 29.

Other locations include:

» Fair View Church, 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

» Peninsula Baptist Church, 687 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

» Troutman Baptist Church, 305 Perry Road, Troutman, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

» War Memorial Recreation building, 220 N. Maple St., Mooresville, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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