Politics & Government

April 23, 2014

Early voting starts Thursday

Voting for the May 6 primary starts Thursday. Here are some things to remember.

Voting for the May 6 primary starts Thursday. Here are some things to remember:

When can I vote?

Early voting starts at 8 a.m. at the Hal Marshall Annex, 618 N. College St. It starts at 11 a.m. at a dozen other sites listed below.

It closes at 7 p.m. everywhere.

Sites are open for the same hours Thursday and Friday, and Monday through Friday next week. On Saturday, May 3, all sites are open from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

Who can vote?

Republicans and unaffiliated voters can vote in the Republican primary. Democrats and unaffiliated voters can vote in the Democratic primary. Libertarians and unaffiliated voters can vote in the Libertarian primary.

What’s the deal with the 12th District?

There are two elections: a regular election to succeed U.S. Rep. Mel Watt and a special election to fill Watt’s term.

Democratic ballots will first list the names of the seven Democrats who filed for the regular election. That will be followed by the names of six Democrats who filed for the special election.

In the regular Republican primary, Vince Coakley faces Leon Threatt for the nomination. But only Coakley filed for the special election.

If that sounds confusing, so is this: James Mitchell, who dropped out of the Democratic race this month, will still appear on the ballot. Jim Morrill

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