North Carolina residents can now cast ballots in person for the May 17 primary elections.
Election boards in all 100 counties opened early voting sites Thursday morning. People who are registered to vote or who apply at a site can vote.
Nearly 4,400 people have voted, including more than 200 absentee ballots, as week two of early voting began on Monday.
A few of the key Charlotte races are on the primary ticket including mayor, City Council, Mecklenburg County Commission, district attorney and sheriff.
“Early voting is great, because you don’t know what’s going to come up,” said Ken Smalley, who headed to the polls last week. “You know, we can vote as soon as you can.”
Party nominations for U.S. Senate and House, the legislature, judicial positions and county offices are at stake. There are also municipal races — many of them officially nonpartisan — in towns and cities where 2021 elections were delayed.
The early-voting period continues through the afternoon of May 14. Some counties will have early voting on preceding weekends.
An unaffiliated voter can choose to cast ballots in Democratic or Republican primaries, but not both. Registered Democrats and Republicans must vote in their party’s primary.
People who are already registered have other voting options. They can request a mail-in absentee ballot by May 10, or they can vote in person May 17.
Here is a list of the confirmed polling locations in Mecklenburg County:
Allegra Westbrooks Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
Ballantyne Area - Former Rite Aid
15221 John J Delaney Drive
Cornelius Town Hall
21445 Catawba Avenue
Eastway Regional Recreation Center
3150 Eastway Park Drive
Hal Marshall Annex (in lieu of site)
618 N College Street
6000 Conference Drive
Marion Diehl Rec Center
2219 Tyvola Road
230 Matthews Station Street
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
North County Library
16500 Holly Crest Lane
South Charlotte Area: Carmel Commons
7601 Pineville-Matthews Road
Southpark Regional Library
7015 Carnegie Boulevard
Steele Creek Area – Former Taphaus49
13230 Carowinds Boulevard
University Area - Former Kohls
9315 N Tryon St
Uptown - Spirit Square
345 North College Street
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Boulevard
There are varying times in which residents can register and vote.
See Calendar Below:
For more information, head to your local board of elections website.
If you live in North Carolina outside out of Mecklenburg County, you can click here for information about where to vote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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