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North Carolina began heading to the polls this week to determine which candidates will be on the ballot this November.
Early voting began Thursday and will continue every weekday until Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. A final early-voting day will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29.
Polls will be open on the day of the primary, March 3, from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
In Granville County, the only locally contested nominations are on the Democrat ballot. In addition, the nonpartisan Granville County Board of Education election will be held March 3, not in November — although all school board candidates are running unopposed.
Commissioner Zelodis Jay, a Democrat on the Granville County Board of Commissioners since 2004, drew a primary challenger, N. Annette Parham Myers, for the District 1 seat. Democrats Donnie Boyd and Robert Way both filed for the seat current held by Owen Roberts, who is not seeking reelection for his District 5 seat.
There are three early voting sites in Granville County. County voters can visit any of them to vote during early voting:
• Richard H. Thornton Library, 210 Main St., Oxford.
• South Branch Library, 1550 South Campus Drive, Creedmoor.
• Tar River Elementary School gymnasium, 2642 Philo White Road, Franklinton.
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.
Voting on the day of the primary must be done at individually assigned precincts.
Voters are not required to show photo ID to vote after a federal court blocked the state’s new voter ID law from going into effect.
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.
President: Don Blankenship, Charles Kraut
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 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.
Granville County Board of Commissioners District 1: Zelodis Jay and N. Annette Parham Myers.
Granville County Board of Commissioners District 5: Donnie Boyd, Robert Way.
No contested races.
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.
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.
This nonpartisan election is uncontested.
District 1: Ethel J. Anderson.
District 2: Tom Houlihan.
District 6: Amanda J. LaBrecque.