Early voting continues through May 3

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 01:02 PM.

Early voting for the May primaries begins this week with some new rules and regulations.

One Stop Voting in Onslow County will take place at Tar Landing Baptist Church on 3384 Richlands Highway and will begin on Thursday, April, 24 and continue until May 3.

Six Republican primaries are on the Onslow County ballot, including N.C. House District 14 and 15 and Onslow County Sheriff and Clerk of Court. U.S. Senate races will feature Democratic, Republican and Libertarian primaries. The Board of Education’s race, which is non-partisan, will be decided during the May election as well.

Voters looking to register the day they arrive at the polls as in the past will be unable to do so this year due to a state law passed in 2013 banning it. The cut-off date to register for the primaries was April 11. Voters who miss out on the primaries will have their chance to vote in the general elections in November as long as they register by Oct. 10.

According to Onslow County Board of Elections Deputy Director Kelly Horne, voters will also be asked to present a form of legal identification — either a driver’s license, a non-operating license from the Department of Motor Vehicles or a U.S. passport — at the polls to prepare for a law requiring it statewide at voting sites in 2016.

Identification is not required for either the primary or general elections this year, though those who decline to present ID will be given information on how they can obtain it.

There will be fewer days to vote for early voting this year, also per state law, which drops the timeframe from 17 days to 10.

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