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Early voting for May 8 primary begins

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Residents wait in a line to vote at a one-stop early voting site in 2016. Early voting for the May 8 primary election in North Carolina begins today.

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Voters across the state begin early voting today for the May 8 Democratic and Republican primaries.

In Pasquotank, the Democratic primary ballot includes four candidates vying for their party’s nomination for sheriff: Eddie Graham, Brent McKecuen, Tobie McPherson and Todd Wagner. The Democratic ballot also includes a primary in the state Senate District 1 race between Cole Phelps and Richard James, and a referendum on a proposed sales tax increase of one-fourth of a cent. Though James’ candidacy has been disqualified because he doesn’t live in the district, his name still appears on the ballot.

The Republican ballot in Pasquotank includes GOP sheriff candidates Bill Ward and Tommy S. Wooten II, along with the state Senate District 1 race between state Rep. Bob Steinburg and Clark Twiddy, a businessman from Dare County. The GOP ballot also features a primary for Congress in the 3rd District between incumbent U.S. Rep. Walter Jones and challengers Phil Law and Scott Dacey. The sales tax referendum is also on the Republican ballot.

In Currituck County, Republican voters will be able to vote in the 3rd District congressional race and the state Senate contest between Steinburg and Twiddy. They also will be voting in a state House race in District 6 between Currituck County Commissioner Bobby Hanig and state Rep. Beverly Boswell.

Currituck Republicans will also be voting in two commissioner primary races: one between at-large Commissioner Mike Hall and his challenger, Kevin McCord; and the other between incumbent District 5 Commissioner Marion Gilbert and her two challengers, Fred Whiteman and J. Owen Etheridge. They also will be deciding between two Republicans seeking the sheriff’s job: Matt Beickert and Bob Douros.

Currituck Democrats have only the Senate District race between James and Phelps to decide.

Camden Republican ballots include the U.S. Congress and state Senate races as well as a state House contest between Edward C. Goodwin and Candice Hunter, and a sheriff race between Kevin Jones and Sheriff Rodney L. Meads.

Camden Democratic ballots have the state Senate race and a Clerk of Superior Court contest between incumbent Clerk of Court Paula J. Harrison and challenger, Y. Monique Chamblee.

In Perquimans County, Democrats can vote in the county school board race in May since it’s non-partisan, The three candidates running for three seats are incumbents Anne White and Any Spaugh and challenger Matt Peeler.

Democrats in Perquimans also have the N.C Senate race between James and Phelps on the ballot.

For Perquimans Republicans there's the N.C. Senate contest between Steinburg and Twiddy and the congressional race between Jones, Law and Dacey, and the N.C. House race between Hunter and Goodwin.

The Chowan Democratic primary ballot includes only the state Senate race between Phelps and James. The Republican ballot includes the state House race between Goodwin and Hunter, the state Senate race between Steinburg and Twiddy, and the 3rd District race for Congress between Jones, Law amd Dacey.

In Pasquotank County early voting will be held at the Edgewood Center Auditorium at 1409-B Parkview Drive in Elizabeth City. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Early voting will also be held on Saturday May 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Camden County early voting will take place at the Camden Board of Elections Office at 117 N.C. Highway 343 North in Camden. Voting hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 26-27; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 30 and Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1-2; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 3-4; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

In Chowan County early voting will be held at the board of elections office at 730 N. Granville St., Edenton, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, May 4. Early voting also will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Currituck County, early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, through May 2. On Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Satuday, May 5, voting will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early voting will be at the board of elections office at 2811 Caratoke Highway in Currituck.

In Perquimans County, early voting will be at the board of elections office at 601-A Edenton Road St. in Hertford. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Wednesday, May, 2; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 3-4; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Pasquotank reports 28,680 registered voters, of whom 13,096 are registered Democrats, 9,329 are registered unaffiliated, 6,087 are Republicans, and 168 are Libertarians.

Camden’s voter registration now totals 7,766. Unaffiliated voters make up the biggest share of voters, with 3,027. Republicans are next with 2,436 voters and Democrats are close behind with 2,258 voters. Forty-five voters in Camden are registered Libertarian.

There are 136 voters in Camden who have changed their party registration since Jan. 1, and 118 of those changed to unaffiliated. Of the new unaffiliated voters, 100 were previously registered Democrats, one had been a Libertarian and 17 had been Republicans.

Democrats remain the single largest political party in Perquimans with about 4,000 voters. Unaffiliated voters come in second with 3,100 and Republicans total about 2,600. There were only 31 libertarians registered as of March 7.

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