Primary day is Tuesday. More on NC IDs, the candidates, voters.

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WNC Primary Guide Primary day is Tuesday, May 6, with polls opening at 6:30 a.m. Though turnout is typically low during primaries, there are several races across Western North Carolina where the primary will decide the ultimate winner.

Click through to find Carolina Public Press’s guide to your county’s federal, state and regional-level candidates. And see below for more answers to commonly asked questions about the election across Western North Carolina.

Avery County
Buncombe County
Cherokee County
Clay County
Graham County
Haywood County
Henderson County
Jackson County
Macon County
Madison County
McDowell County
Mitchell County
Polk County
Rutherford County
Swain County
Transylvania County
Watauga County
Yancey County


Have more questions? Here are some answers to some FAQs:

Do I need an ID on Tuesday?

Here’s what the State Board of Elections says:

Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to show a photo identification (photo ID) when they present to vote in person. This change is a result of the Voter Information Verification Act or “VIVA.” (S.L. 2013-381). Until 2016, most voters will not be required to show any form of identification when they vote.

Where do I vote?

Click here to go to the N.C. State Board of Elections website and find your polling location.

Click here to go to the N.C. State Board of Elections website and find your polling location.

How do I register?

The deadline to register to vote has passed for Primary Day. But it isn’t too late to register for the General Election, which will be held in November. Here’s more from the State Board of Elections:

The deadline to register to vote in this state is 25 days before the day of the election. Forms that are received by the county board of elections office or postmarked by the deadline are accepted as valid applications for the upcoming election. Also, agency and DMV voter registration transactions that are completed by the deadline are accepted as valid for the upcoming election. Applicants will be notified by the county board of elections of their precinct and polling place assignments.

Click here download and print a fillable North Carolina voter registration application. Once completed, the application should be printed, signed and then mailed to the county board of elections in the county where the applicant resides.

In addition to the printable voter registration application accessible on this website, voter registration applications are available at the following locations:

  • NC State Board of Elections
  • County Boards of Elections
  • Public libraries
  • Public high schools or college admissions offices.

Further, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) requires certain agencies in this state to offer voter registration services when at these locations for agency services. These agencies include are:

  • North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV)
  • Public Assistance Agencies
    • Departments of Social Services (DSS)
    • Departments of Public Health (WIC)
  • Disability Services Agencies
    • Vocational Rehabilitation offices
    • Departments of Services for the Blind
    • Departments of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
    • Departments of Mental Health Services
  • Employment Security Commission (ESC)

How many people are eligible to vote in WNC?

Here are the latest voter statistics, as reported on May 5, 2014, by the N.C. State Board of Elections

County Democrats Republicans Libertarians Unaffiliated White Black American
Indian
Other Hispanic Male Female Total
AVERY 1,590 7,296 34 3,180 11,705 102 29 264 66 5,635 6,380 12,100
BUNCOMBE 75,417 47,267 889 60,509 162,959 11,039 382 9,702 2,009 83,268 97,979 184,082
CHEROKEE 6,677 8,856 71 6,019 20,936 224 124 339 113 10,121 11,439 21,623
CLAY 2,500 3,391 30 2,930 8,642 41 17 151 39 4,181 4,648 8,851
GRAHAM 2,309 2,820 13 1,479 6,188 2 308 123 43 3,173 3,395 6,621
HAYWOOD 18,537 12,187 126 11,175 40,822 423 102 678 247 19,337 22,454 42,025
HENDERSON 18,196 30,563 293 28,433 72,152 2,255 140 2,938 1,214 35,283 41,618 77,485
JACKSON 10,690 6,621 98 8,954 22,493 476 1,566 1,828 239 11,655 13,457 26,363
MACON 7,569 9,846 72 7,490 24,164 167 48 598 159 11,481 13,298 24,977
MADISON 7,177 4,255 64 4,772 15,641 124 22 481 57 7,742 8,172 16,268
MCDOWELL 9,679 10,132 82 8,386 26,903 864 24 488 211 13,259 15,020 28,279
MITCHELL 1,254 7,280 18 3,063 11,408 25 15 167 62 5,432 6,135 11,615
POLK 4,756 5,368 57 5,159 14,235 737 10 358 148 6,975 8,287 15,340
SWAIN 4,424 2,650 25 3,359 8,283 105 1,855 215 43 4,922 5,516 10,458
TRANSYLVANIA 7,337 8,206 90 8,557 22,623 894 48 625 143 11,164 12,732 24,190
WATAUGA 12,204 14,369 400 16,658 40,981 794 63 1,793 562 20,853 22,514 43,631
YANCEY 5,890 5,044 31 3,200 13,830 91 18 226 52 6,659 7,397 14,165
STATE TOTAL 2,755,000 1,995,870 23,541 1,742,045 4,621,048 1,463,556 53,353 378,499 120,129 2,939,205 3,498,626 6,516,456

 


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