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During first week, 17K vote early in Wake County

2020 primary is March 3

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More than 17,000 Wake County residents voted during the first week of early voting in the 2020 primary, according to unofficial statistics from the county Board of Elections.

That figure includes 1,745 people who casts ballots at the Northern Regional Center in Wake Forest. Another 1,135 people voted at the Knightdale Recreation Center. There are 13 early-voting sites in Wake County.

The numbers reflect votes cast in-person between Feb. 13 and Feb. 19.

In Wake County, 13,400 people voted in the Democratic Party primary and 3,600 voted in the Republican Party primary. Just 55 people voted in a third-party primary, according to the report.

Early voting began last week and ends Feb. 29. The primary will be held March 3.

In Wake County, the 13 early-voting sites will be open every day — including Saturdays and Sundays — until the end of early voting. Weekday hours are from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday hours are 1-6 p.m. Sites are open on the final Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Early-voting sites closed early Thursday because of winter weather.

Voters can use any early-voting sites in the county in which they reside. Wake County early voting sites include Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, and Knightdale Recreation Center, 101 Lawson Ridge Rd., Knightdale.

In Franklin County, voters can cast ballots early Mondays through Saturdays. Weekday hours are 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There are four early-voting sites in Franklin County: The county Board of Elections office, 107 Industrial Drive, Louisburg; Franklinton Public Library, 9 W. Mason St., Franklinton; Bunn Public Library, 610 Main St., Bunn; and Youngsville Public Library, 218 U.S. Highway 1A, Youngsville.

Citizens who are not registered to vote can still register, but only at an early voting site and only if the immediately cast a ballot.

Polls will be open on the day of the primary, March 3, from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Voting on that day must be done at individually assigned precincts.

Voters are not required to show photo ID to vote in the primary after a federal court blocked the state’s new voter ID law from going into effect.