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In-person Early Voting for 2020 Primary Election Begins Thursday, Feb. 13

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Buncombe – The in-person Early Voting period for the 2020 primary election is Feb. 13-29. However, please be aware Early Voting sites will be closed Feb. 15-16.

For a list of Early Voting sites and hours in Buncombe County, click here.

During the 17-day period, any registered voter may vote at any Early Voting site in Buncombe County before the March 3 primary election. Individuals may also register and vote at the same time using same-day registration. During the Early Voting period, registered voters may update their name or address, but 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. For more on the proof of residency requirement, click here

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

To avoid long lines, be sure to check out Election Services’ Wait Time Map available at buncombecounty.org/vote before you head out the door. The Wait Time Map reports how many voters are in line at each location in real time. “Early voting offers the ease of voting at any of ten locations across Buncombe County, helping voters to vote at their convenience. We’re proud to offer our innovative Wait Time Map to help voters find the nearest location with the least folks in line, in real time,” notes Election Services Director Corinne Duncan.

What is a primary election?

In a primary election, voters select which candidates will appear on the ballot for a given political party in November’s general election. 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 may request a Democratic, Libertarian or Republican ballot, or nonpartisan ballot, if available.

Additional voting options in North Carolina

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 Buncombe County Board of Elections. For more about absentee voting, view the How to Vote Absentee By Mail resource on the State Board website or visit us at buncombecounty.org/vote.

Regarding Photo ID: Voters are not required to show photo ID for the March 2020 primary election. In a Dec. 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.

Note: During the Early Voting period, the State Board office will post daily early voting statistics here. Buncombe County Election Services will post local results at buncombecounty.org/vote throughout early voting and after the polls have closed for each day.

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