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Early voting underway for 2020 primaries

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North Carolina began heading to the polls this week to determine which candidates will be on the ballot in November.

Early voting began Thursday and ends Feb. 28. The primary will be held March 3.

In Wake County, 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.

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.

“We’ve worked hard to make early voting a quick and easy process for our voters,” said Gary Sims, Wake County Board of Elections director, in a statement. “With a dozen locations countywide and weekend options, we’ve tried to ensure that no matter what your schedule might be you will have an opportunity to vote.”

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.

Who is on the  ballot?

It’s not just president. Party voters in North Carolina are picking who will be nominated for U.S. Senate, governor, council of state, county commissioners, district court judges and other positions.

Voters can only vote on some races if they live in a given district. March 3 is the day of the election — not a primary — for the Franklin County Board of Education.

Constitution Party

U.S. President: Don Blankenship, Charles Kraut

Democratic Party

U.S. President: Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet, Joseph R. Biden, Michael R. Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John K. Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar.

U.S. Senate: Erica D. Smith, Steve Swenson, Cal Cunningham, Trevor M. Fuller, Atul Goel.

U.S. House of Representative District 2: Deborah K. Ross, Andrew (Andy) Terrell, Monika Johnson-Hostler, Ollie Oneal Nelson.

U.S. House of Representative District 4: David E. Price, Daniel Ulysses Lockwood.

N.C. Governor: Ernest T. Reeves, Roy Cooper

N.C. Lieutenant Governor: Allen Thomas, Bill Toole, Terry Van Duyn, Chaz Beasley, Yvonne Lewis Holley, Ron Newton.

N.C. Auditor: Luis A. Toledo, Beth A. Wood.

N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture: Walter Smith, Jenna Wadsworth, Donovan Alexander Watson.

N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction: Keith A. Sutton, James Barrett, Constance (Lav) Johnson, Michael Maher, Jen Mangum.

N.C. Treasurer: Dimple Ajmera, Ronnie Chatterji, Matt Leatherman.

N.C. Senate District 18: Angela F. Bridgman, Sarah Crawford.

N.C. District Court Judge District 9 Seat 2: Katherine Burnette, R. Brian Cloninger

N.C. District Court Judge District 10B Seat 3: Julie L. Bell, Tiffanie C. Meyers.

Wake County Board of Commissioners District 1: Jeremiah Pierce, Sig Hutchinson.

Wake County Board of Commissioners District 3: Maria Cervania, Audra Killingsworth.

Wake County Register of Deeds: Tammy L. Brunner, William L. (Bill) Madden.

Franklin County Board of Commissioners at-large: Ginger A. Baker, Shelley Dickerson.

Franklin County Board of Commissioners District 1: Nino Akridge, Johnnie C. Clifton Sr., Kelli A. London.

Green Party

No contested races.

Libertarian Party

U.S. President: James Orlando Ogle, Steve Richey, Kim Ruff, Vermin Supreme, Arvin Vohra, Max Abramson, Ken Armstrong, Dan Behrman, Kenneth Blevins, Souraya Faas, Erik Gerhardt, Jedidiah Hill, Jacob Homberger, Jo Jorgensen, Adam Kokesh, John McAfee.

Republican Party

U.S. President: Donald J. Trump, Joe Walsh, Bill Weld.

U.S. Senate: Thom Tillis, Paul Wright, Larry Holmquist, Sharon Y. Hudson.

U.S. House of Representative District 4: Debesh Sarkar, Steve A. (Von) Loor, Robert Thomas, Nasir A. Shaikh.

N.C. Governor: Dan Forest, Holly Grange.

N.C. Lieutenant Governor: John L. Ritter, Mark Robinson, Scott Stone, Andy Wells, Buddy Bengel, Deborah Cochran, Renee Ellmers, Greg Gebhardt, Mark Johnson.

N.C. Attorney General: Jim O’Neill, Sam Hayes, Christine Mumma.

N.C. Auditor: Anthony Wayne (Tony) Street, Tim Hoegemeyer.

N.C. Commissioner of Insurance: Ronald Pierce, Mike Causey.

N.C. Commissioner of Labor: Chuck Stanley, Josh Dobson, Pearl Burris Floyd.

N.C. Secretary of State: E.C. Sykes, Chad Brown, Michael LaPaglia.

N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction: Catherine Truitt, Craig Horn.

N.C. Senate District 18: Scott McKaig, Larry E. Norman.

N.C. House of Representatives District 35: Alma Peters, Fred Von Canon

Franklin County Board of Commissioners District 3: Wesley Denton, Jeremy Neal.

Franklin County Board of Education

This nonpartisan election is uncontested.

At-large: Rosemary Champion

District 2: Tommy Piper

District 4: Debra L. Brodie