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It's a 'Super Tuesday,' so go vote

Posted March 3, 2020 4:00 a.m. EST
Updated March 3, 2020 7:10 p.m. EST

— You've seen the television ads. You've heard about the various campaign rallies. Maybe you've even read some of the candidates' position statements.

Now it's time to vote. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., and anyone in line at closing time will be allowed to vote.

Update: The State Board of Elections has allowed a precinct in Bertie County to remain open to until 8 p.m. after poll workers couldn't get a printer to operate this morning and a precinct in Forsyth County to remain open until 8:10 p.m. because it was temporarily out of ballots.

North Carolina's primaries are part of "Super Tuesday," when 14 states will be holding their presidential nominating contests. While President Donald Trump, who was in Charlotte on Monday night rallying his base of support, is expected to cruise to victory on the Republican side, voters have to choose from among five Democrats still in the race: Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Sanders, Bloomberg and Biden were essentially tied atop the Democratic field in a recent WRAL News poll of likely primary voters statewide.

People voting the Democratic ballot will see plenty of other names on the presidential contest, however. Ten other candidates listed have dropped out of the race since state elections officials finalized the ballot in December, including three in the past three days. Anyone who voted for any of those 10 during the recent early voting period is out of luck, as they cannot return to the polls Tuesday and change their vote.

North Carolina has plenty of other primary contests on the ballot this year aside from president:

  • Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis is seeking a second six-year term. He faces three challengers in the primary, and five Democrats also are vying for the seat.
  • All 13 U.S. House seats are up for grabs, and a new voting map drawn by state lawmakers last year under court order has scrambled some area congressional districts. The 2nd Congressional District now includes most of Wake County, while the 13th District has replaced the 6th District in the western portion of the Triangle. Only 10 of the 13 districts have primaries.
  • All 10 Council of State races also are up for grabs, and all have primaries in at least one party, including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state treasurer, state auditor, secretary of state, school superintendent and commissioners of agriculture, insurance and labor.
  • All 170 seats in the General Assembly also are before voters, and like the congressional districts, many of the state House and Senate districts have been redrawn under court order.
  • Various counties also will elect county commissioners, school board members and other local officials.

Voters who are registered as a member of a political party can vote only in that party's primary, while unaffiliated voters can choose to vote in the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian primaries.

Photo identification won't be required to vote, despite a 2018 amendment to the state constitution requiring voter ID. State and federal courts have put the requirement on hold until legal challenges to the rules lawmakers adopted to put voter ID into operation can be resolved.

More than 11 percent of registered voters in North Carolina took part in the recent 17-day early voting period, but elections officials and observers still expect a heavy turnout on Tuesday. So even if you don't bring an ID, pack your patience and an umbrella, as a rainy day is forecast.

Not sure whom to vote for? You can check out WRAL News' online voter guide, which shows you which races will be on your ballot, based on where you live and the party primary in which you're voting. The voter guide includes candidate profiles and statements on various issues, and you can print out you selections or email it to your phone to take to the polls for reference.

The voter guide also tells you where your individual polling site is located, and even provides directions from your home.

WRAL.com and the WRAL News app will provide the fastest and most up-to-the-minute results after the polls close, and results will scroll across the screen during NBC News coverage of Super Tuesday from 8 to 11 p.m. Reactions from winners and losers in North Carolina races can be seen at 10 p.m. on FOX50 and at 11 p.m. on WRAL-TV.

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