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Primary election is being held March 3 in Polk County with one-stop early voting beginning Feb. 13 at Board of Elections office

A primary election will be held Tuesday, March 3 in Polk County with one-stop early voting beginning Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Polk County Board of Elections office in the Womack Building at 40 Courthouse St. in Columbus.

All registered voters are eligible to vote in the primary. If you are registered with the Constitution, Democratic, Green, Libertarian or Republican Party, you will receive that party’s ballot. Unaffiliated persons who are registered to vote may choose to receive one of the following ballots: Democratic, Libertarian or Republican. 

The primary is being held for voting in the following contests: 

  • Constitution Party: Presidential Preference.
  • Democratic Party: Presidential Preference, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives District 11, N.C. Governor, N.C. Lieutenant Governor, N.C. Auditor, N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction, N.C. Treasurer.
  • Green Party: Presidential Preference. 
  • Libertarian Party: Presidential Preference. 
  • Republican Party: Presidential Preference, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives District 11, N.C. Governor, N.C. Lieutenant Governor, N.C. Attorney General, N.C. Auditor, N.C. Commissioner of Insurance, N.C. Commissioner of Labor, N.C. Secretary of State, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

The schedule for one-stop early voting at the Polk County Board of Elections office in the Womack Building at 40 Courthouse St. is:

  • Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 21: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 29: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 3 – the day of the primary election – polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters should vote at their precincts that day.

Canvass will be held in the Polk County Board of Elections office at 11 a.m., Friday, March 13. 

Absentee voting by mail is available. Requests for an absentee ballot must be made on an absentee request form which is available through a link on the Polk County Board of Elections website and at the Polk County Board of Elections office in the Womack Building at 40 Courthouse St. in Columbus. Absentee ballots must be received in the Polk County Board of Elections office by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. 

People who were not already registered to vote in the county by Feb. 7 are not eligible to vote in this election unless they register and vote during one-stop early voting only at which time they will be required to provide documentation of their identity and residence. Voters who wanted to change party affiliation must have done so by Feb. 7. Voters who have not made a timely change in name or address in the county must update that information when presenting to vote and may be required to vote a provisional ballot. 

Call the Polk County Board of Elections Office at (828) 894-8181 with questions about registration, polling places, early voting, absentee ballots, a multi-partisan assistance team visit to a facility or other election matters. Also, sample ballots, the absentee ballot request form, campaign finance information and additional information is available at the Polk County Board of Elections webpage.

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