What you need to know about voting in the primary election in Forsyth County

We explain the voting process and how your ballot impacts who gets to take a seat in government.

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Lines tend to be shorter during early voting period compared to Election Day.

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Primary voting is underway. With deadlines quickly approaching, we’re breaking down the jargon to put your mind at ease when it comes to casting your ballot.

Primary election

Political parties choose their nominees during this process. Although no one wins the election, the candidate must have at least 30% of the vote plus one in the state of NC to represent their party as the nominee. Registered voters who are affiliated with a specific party can only vote in that party’s primary. Unaffiliated voters can choose either party. The primary election is Tuesday, March 5.

General election

This is when voters decide who will take office. You can vote for any candidate regardless of political party affiliation. Some of the races you’ll see on your ballot include US president, NC governor, state senator, district and superior court judge, and more. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Absentee ballot

This is generally for voters who prefer to send their vote through mail, but you must watch out for deadlines when requesting and returning your ballot. Secure your vote by following the steps outlined by the state.

Early voting

This option gives you more flexibility when it comes to voting. You can register to vote on-site and vote at the same time. Cast your ballot at any early voting site within Forsyth County. Early voting ends Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

Election Day

You must cast your ballot at your assigned polling place. Bring your Photo ID with you to vote and be registered ahead of time — exceptions apply to some cases. Pro tip: Lines tend to be busier early in the morning and just before the polls close, so plan ahead.

Check out the candidates vying for your vote within Forsyth County and statewide.