In the May 2014 primary election voters will narrow down the field to the candidates who will face off against each other in November.

– One of the election law changes enacted by the Republicans in the Legislature reduced the total number of days allotted for early voting from 14 to 10:

– Early voting begins Thursday, April 24 and ends Saturday, May 3.

– Election Day is Tuesday, May 6.

– Runoff elections, if necessary, for local and state races will be held June 12–24.

– Runoff elections, if necessary, for U.S. Senate and U.S. House will be held July 3–July 15.

There are also fewer early voting locations this year. Here’s a list, although some locations are not open each day of early voting:

Wake (wakegov.com)

Wake County Board of Elections, 337 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh

Herbert Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary

Knightdale Recreation Center, 102 Lawson Ridge Road, Knightdale

Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road, Raleigh

Hunt Recreation Center, 301 Stinson Ave., Holly Springs

Durham (dconc.gov)

Durham County Board of Elections, 706 W. Corporation St.

North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road

South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.

Orange (co.orange.nc.us/elect)

Orange County Board of Elections, 208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough

Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.

Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

N.C. Hillel, 210 W. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill

Master’s Garden Preschool, 7500 Schley Road, Hillsborough

Chatham (chathamnc.org)

Chatham Board of Elections, 984-E1 Thompson St., Pittsboro

Cole Park Plaza, Suite 232, 11470 U.S. 15-501 (behind Subway), Chapel Hill

Fitts Community Center, 111 S. Third Ave., Siler City

Across the street from Dollar General, 40-A Coral Ave., Goldston

How to vote absentee:

TUESDAY, April 29, at 5 p.m. is the final day to submit a request for an absentee ballot from your local board of elections office. The ballots must be received by Tuesday, May 6, at 5 p.m.

There are some tougher requirements now…

You must be registered to vote or submit a voter registration application with your ballot request. You must provide proof of identification: N.C. driver’s license number or ID card number and the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have these, you must send current, valid photo ID, an official document showing the name and residential address of the voter: current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, etc.

When you get your ballot, you must have two witnesses or a notary present as you complete and sign it. Ballots will not be counted without this.


337 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, 919-856-6240, absentee@wakegov.com


706 W. Corporation St., Durham, 919-560-0070absentee@dconc.gov


208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough, 919-245-2353dcheshire@orangecountync.gov


984 Thompson St., Pittsboro, 919-545-8500dawn.stumpf@chathamnc.org