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Primary election set March 3
Wednesday, 04 March 2020 00:16

From Staff Reports

North Carolina’s primary election will be held on March 3. Early voting was held on Feb. 13-29. Winners advance to the Nov. 3 general election.

Not registered to vote?

Prospective voters were offered the opportunity to register to vote same-day during early voting (through Feb. 29) at any early voting site across Buncombe County. To that end, a prospective voter had to bring one of the following to provide proof of residency:

• A photo ID

• A (current) utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or another official government document that has your name + current address 

• A university or college ID + proof of campus residency   

Voting on the go? 

Use the Wait Map on the internet to see how many people are in line at any early voting location. Note: The Wait Map will only be available during early voting.

Need an absentee ballot? 

Applications to vote absentee were required to be received by Feb. 25. 

For those who want to wait until Election Day, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 

If one is in line by 7:30 p.m., the individual will be able to vote. Note: Early voting polling places might have been different from voting day polling places. 

And remember, there is no photo ID requirement to vote this year (unless one is registering same-day during early voting and providing the pics as proof of residence). 

One could also be in a new district, as new congressional districts were approved last November. Buncombe County is now entirely in the 11th Congressional District of N.C. 

Buncombe County commissioner districts also have been shifted.

So who will one see on the primary ballot?

Visit online for a complete listing of the candidates.

If one is registered with a party affiliation, that individual will choose from candidates from that party, as well as nonpartisan candidates.

If one is not registered with a party affiliation, that individual can choose to vote in any one recognized party’s primary.

Meanwhile, Asheville television station WLOS News 13 reported on Feb. 24 that “polling places are gearing up for the primary election — and they need your help.

“Buncombe County Election Services is now hiring election day workers for March 3, 2020. A flat rate of $175 - $260 is being offered to workers, depending on the responsibilities of the position.

“The election services said workers are required to attend a three-hour training this week and set up their precinct the Monday night, March 2, before the election, and work all of election day which typically runs from 5:45 a.m. until as late as 8:30 p.m.

“Election day workers will be using laptops, they will need to be able to read, write, and follow instructions.

“Additionally, through the Student Assistant Program, students who will be at least 17 years old by March 3 can work as assistants too. Use the Student Election Assistant Application to apply,” WLOS noted.

For more information, visit the election services website at, or call Kevin Roberts at 250-4226.


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