Early voting for the June 7 primary begins Thursday in an election that could reshape North Carolina’s U.S. House delegation.
Also on the ballot is a North Carolina Supreme Court associate justice.
In March, thousands of N.C. voters cast ballots for Congress that didn’t count. That’s because a three-judge panel had thrown out the districts used for the past two elections after ballots had already been printed.
Lawmakers went back to the drawing board, shuffling voters and incumbents. They came up with new districts and a new primary date, one at the start of a busy summer.
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For the second election, voters will need an ID to cast a ballot.
Early voting is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at CPCC Facilities Services, 1325 East Seventh St. Voting continues at CPCC 8 a.m.-7 p.m. May 31-June 3 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 4.
Early voting extends to 16 other sites next week: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 31-June 3 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 4.
The sites (in Charlotte unless noted):
▪ Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road.
▪ Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.
▪ Elon Park Recreation Center, 11401 Ardrey Kell Road.
▪ Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Drive.
▪ Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St.
▪ Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road.
▪ Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews.
▪ Mint Hill Library, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte.
▪ Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd.
▪ Mountain Island Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way.
▪ North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville.
▪ South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road.
▪ Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road.
▪ Sugar Creek Library, 4045 N. Tryon St.
▪ University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
▪ West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Blvd.
Acceptable photo IDs
▪ A driver’s license, a learner’s permit or a provisional license. These can be expired up to four years.
▪ A state identification card issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles.
▪ A veteran’s identification card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
▪ A U.S. military identification card.
▪ An unexpired U.S. passport.
▪ A tribal enrollment card.
▪ An out-of-state license, as long as the voter registered within 90 days of the election.
▪ Voters 70 and older can present an expired form of acceptable ID as long as it expired after their 70th birthday.
If you have no photo ID
Voters who don’t have an acceptable type of identification can still vote, but they’ll be asked to sign a form stating why they could not obtain an ID. They also must present a current voter registration card, or a form of ID with name and address, such as a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck, or give the last four digits of their Social Security number and birth date.
Those voters will cast provisional ballots. No other action is required from voters, but local elections boards will work to verify the information on the declaration forms before counting the votes.
Have it, but didn’t bring it?
You can still vote using a provisional ballot, but you will have to return to the local board of elections and show the ID to get your ballot counted. There will be a deadline.