Election deadlines announced

Published 10:03 am Thursday, January 16, 2020

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A primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 3.

In addition to choosing nominees for the board of education, board of county commissioners and register of deeds, Davie voters will decide whether or not to allow beer and wine sales in the county.

Following is some information and dates voters need to know.

Voters will not be required to show photo ID. In a Dec, 31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

One-stop early voting will be held at the Davie County Board of Elections office, Bermuda Run Town Hall, and Jerusalem Volunteer Fire Department., from 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29. One-stop early voting will be available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 28. One stop early voting will also be available Saturdays, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m .and Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Absentee voting by mail is available. Requests for an absentee ballot must be made on an absentee request form (available on the State Board of Elections website and at the county board of elections office), and must be received in the Davie Board of Elections office or any one-stop early voting site by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Absentee voting requires the voter to complete an application on the return envelope that must be witnessed by two qualified persons or a notary public. Completed absentee ballots must be returned to the Davie County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on election day (ballots received by mail after this time will be timely if received within three business days and postmarked by election day).

Voters may receive assistance voting a mail-in absentee ballot from a near relative or verifiable legal guardian, or by a qualified person of their choice if a near relative or legal guardian is not available. If the voter lives a facility such as a nursing home, and the voter’s near relative or legal guardian is not available, the voter or the facility can arrange to have the county board of elections schedule a visit by a multipartisan assistance team to provide assistance and serve as witnesses.

In a partisan primary, voters who are affiliated with a political party may only vote in their party’s primary and on any nonpartisan contests, said Gary A. LeBlanc, chair of the Davie Board of Elections. Unaffiliated voters may choose to participate in the Democratic, Libertarian, or Republican primary or if available, may vote a nonpartisan ballot.

Persons who are not registered to vote in the county must register by Friday, Feb. 7. Voters not registered in the county by that deadline may register and vote during one-stop early voting only and will be required to provide documentation of their identity and residence. Voters who wish to change party affiliation or who have changed name or address must do so by the registration deadline. Voters who fail to timely make a change in name or address in the county must update the information when presenting to vote and may be required to vote a provisional ballot.

Voters voting in person are entitled to assistance by an election official, or, if assistance is needed due to disability or illiteracy, by a qualified person of their choice. Voting sites are accessible to all voters.

Curbside voting is available for voters who are not able to enter voting sites.

Persons with questions about registration, polling places, early voting, absentee ballots, a multipartisan assistance team visit to a facility, or other election matters may call the board of elections at 336-753-6072.