The Polk County Board of Elections is taking requests for absentee ballots for the upcoming Republican primary run-off for the Congressional District 11 seat.
Originally set for May 12, the Republican primary run-off has been rescheduled for June 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus. The primary run-off is between candidates Lynda Bennett and Madison Cawthorn.
Absentee ballots, which are always available for any reason, must be requested for the Republican primary run-off by 5 p.m., June 16.
The absentee ballot request form is available on the home page as well as the Board of Elections page at PolkNC.org. Request forms can be mailed to citizens who call the Board of Elections at (828) 894-8181 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
The Board of Elections is currently closed to visitors due to concerns about COVID-19 but staff can meet people at the front door of the Womack Building at 40 Courthouse St. in Columbus if needed.
Registered Republicans and registered unaffiliated voters who did not vote Democratic in the March primary are eligible to vote in the June 23 primary. Citizens not registered at the time of the primary are not eligible to vote in the run-off.
Early voting for the primary run-off begins June 4 and ends June 20. Throughout that period, voting in person can take place at the Bryant H. Womack Building from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and then from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.
On the day of the primary run-off election – Tuesday, June 23 – all seven precincts in Polk County will be open for voting from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Absentee ballots may also be requested now for the Nov. 3 presidential election. A separate request form must be submitted for each election.
Call the Polk County Board of Elections at (828) 894-8181 with questions.