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Early Voting

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Early voting for the March 3rd North Carolina Primary Election begins this Thursday (Feb. 13th). North Carolina is one of a multitude of states who hold their Presidential primaries on that day, known as Super Tuesday. In addition to North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia all hold their Presidential primaries on that date.

North Carolina voters will also be choosing candidates for statewide races including Governor, Lt. Governor, US Senate, Congress (by district), Attorney General, Supt. of Public Instruction, Auditor, Commissioner of Insurance, Labor Commissioner, and Secretary of State.

Republicans in our area have more choices to make than Democrats--they have more candidates seeking their party's nomination for local offices in the November 3rd General Election.

President Trump is expected to overwhelm his two opponents in the GOP Presidential Primary; Democrats will have 15 candidates on their ballot from whom to choose including several who have 'suspended' their campaigns, essentially dropping out of the race.

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In local races (by county)--


COUNTY COMMISSION (you may vote for three)

GOP Primary:

Martin Oakes
Robert Wayne Avery
Cathy G. Davis
Glenn W. Fiscus
Tim W. Holder
Anita McCall
Carrol D. Mitchem
George Mull



COUNTY COMMISSION (you may vote for three)

GOP Primary:

Barbara Beatty
Richard Thompson
Derek Colson
Austin Allran
Ray Abernathy
Tom Dees

NC HOUSE district 42

GOP Primary:

Mark Hollo
Dean Proctor


GOP Primary:

Donna Hicks Spencer
Sondra Stewart Simmons
Jonathan Barnes




Gastonia Township

GOP Primary:
Kim Johnson vs Don Grant

Democrat Primary:
Robin Fletcher vs Ray Raynor

Crowders Mtn. Township

GOP Primary:
Bob Hovis vs Ira Roberts

DISTRICT 27A Judge, seat 3

GOP Primary:
Donald Rice vs Richard Abernethy



COUNTY COMMISSION (you may vote for three)

GOP Primary:

Ronnie Whetstine
Dennis Davis
Johnny Hutchins
Thomas (Tommy) McNeilly
Robert (Robbie) Morgan

BOARD OF EDUCATION (you may vote for five)

Robert Queen
Joel Shores
Greg Taylor
Lenny G. Wright
Junie Newton Barrett
Dawn Bowland
Matthew Steven Canipe
Rodney Fitch
Ron Humphries

Republicans in Lincoln & Cleveland counties will also choose a candidate for
District Court Judge (district 27B, seat 4)

Meredith Shuford
Brad Champion

Democrats in those two counties will choose a candidate for
District Court Judge (district 27B, seat 5)

Angela Woods
Colin P. McWhirter

Lincoln County's Board of Education election is nominally non-partisan, and filing for three seats on that board doesn't begin until June.

If you aren't already registered to vote, you can register and vote at the same time during Early Voting. Those registered Democrat can only vote in that party's primary; those registered Republican in that party's; those registered unaffiliated can choose to vote in either the Democrat or the Republican primary.

Contrary to what you may see on the Catawba County Early Voting location list we've attached, you do NOT have to have a photo i-d for this election (in any county). The law requiring an i-d has been suspended pending the outcome of a challenge in the courts.

During Early Voting, you may vote at any of the Early Voting locations in your county.


Lincoln County

Catawba County

Gaston County

Cleveland County

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