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Voter registration for primaries ends Feb. 7

Photo ID not needed to cast ballot

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The regular voter registration deadline for the March primaries is next Friday, Feb. 7.

The Wake Forest Board of Elections is hosting a voter registration event 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the elections board, 1200 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh.

Voter registration forms can also be found online, at libraries and at many DMV offices. Forms must be returned or postmarked by Feb. 7 to qualify for voting on March 3, the day of the primary.

Late registration is available during early voting, Feb. 13-29, but only in-person at a polling site. Newly registered voters must cast a ballot directly after registering during the early-voting period.

“We want to ensure that everyone who is interested in participating in the upcoming primaries — or any election, for that matter — can do so,” said Gary Sims, Wake County Board of Elections director. “By holding this event on a Saturday, we hope people who might not be able to stop by our offices during our normal, Monday-through-Friday business hours can have the opportunity or get the help they need to update their registration.”

Voters need to update their registration information if they change their name, move or wish to change party affiliation.

The March 3 primary will determine each party’s nominees for president, Congress, governor, the state legislature and several other state positions.

The state board of elections mailed out postcards to every home in the state last week, reminding voters that photo ID will not be required to cast a ballot in March. That is a reversal in policy mandated by a federal district court last month, which blocked a state law that would have implemented photo ID requirements in response to a voter-approved constitutional amendment.

“We know these changes can be confusing for voters, and we wanted to make sure all voters have the latest information about the primary election,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “This mailing also provides important election dates for voters to add to their calendars.”

To check if you are registered to vote, or to see which candidates are listed on your ballot, visit vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup.

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