Saturday marks the final day to early vote in the North Carolina primary.
Voters will be choosing their party’s candidates for the general election for the offices of President, US Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Labor Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Treasurer and more.
The winners of these primaries will then go on to the general election in November, but there are several items on the ballot that will be the deciding vote.
The $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum is on the March ballot and will either be approved or voted down in the primary.
And the race for Orange County Commissioner will be decided next week as all of the candidates who filed for the board are Democrats.
Voters will choose a replacement for outgoing commissioner Bernadette Pelissier, who has served as vice chair of the board but announced late last year that she would not seek reelection.
Three candidates – Andy Cagle, Matt Hughes and Mark Marcoplos – are running to replace Pelissier’s at-large seat and represent voters from all of Orange County. Listen to the at-large candidate forum.
Both district races have challengers for this year’s incumbent slate.
Two seats will be voted on in District 1. Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich are running for reelection, while Jamezetta Bedford and Gary Kahn are challenging for a seat on the board. Listen to the District 1 candidate forum.
Three seats are up for election to full terms on the Orange County School Board, and three candidates filed for election.
However, two candidates – John D. Hamilton and Michael H. Hood – are running for one unexpired term. Voters will choose one to fill the seat that runs through 2018.
Same-day registration is available during the early-voting period. There are six early-voting locations in Orange County and the polls will be open from nine o’clock on Saturday until one o’clock in the afternoon for the final day of early voting.
After a federal court struck down North Carolina’s Congressional district map, a new filing period will open for candidates running for the US House of Representatives after the March primary.
North Carolinians will vote in a new Congressional primary on June 7.