An important deadline is approaching for people who want to register and vote on the day of the March 5th primary election as well as registered voters who wish to change their political party affiliation.
In a partisan primary, voters affiliated with a political party may only vote on their party’s ballot and may not vote in another party’s primary. For example, a registered Republican may only vote in the Republican Party primary. Unaffiliated voters may choose the ballot of any party that has a primary. The following political parties have primaries: Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican. The No Labels Party and Green Party do not have primaries in 2024.
Patrick Wike, Alexander County Elections Director, said party affiliation confusion is a common hassle that voters experience in a primary.
“Voters are routinely confused on the mechanics of a primary and how it differs from a general election,” Wike stated. “It’s also common for voters to forget their party affiliation or assume they changed their party affiliation before the deadline when they did not.”
Wike emphasized that some planning and effort can go a long way to prevent any voting-related hassles; procrastination is not the best strategy with most things in life, voting included. Voters can always use the Online Voter Search Tool (https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/) to check to make sure they are registered to vote, their residential address is up to date, and they are satisfied with their party affiliation.
For the 2024 primary election, Friday, February 9 is the last day to register for people who are not already registered in their county of residence and who want to vote on primary election day (March 5) instead of during the early voting period.
While same-day registration and voting is available for people during the early voting period from February 15 through March 2, people who vote on the day of the primary election must already be registered.
Here’s how citizens can register to vote or update existing voter registration:
• Completing an NC Voter Registration Application form and returning it to the Alexander County Board of Elections before February 9 at 5:00 p.m. The form is available for download on the NC State Board of Elections website at https://www.ncsbe.gov/registering/how-register.
• There is also a fully online option to register to vote or update voter registration through a partnership with the NC Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) and the NC State Board of Elections at www.ncdot.gov/dmv/offices-services/online/Pages/voter-registration-application.aspx. Individuals with an NC Driver’s license number or NC Identification Number can use the online voter registration application to register to vote, update voter registration address, and update party affiliation. You are not required to complete a DMV transaction, such as a license renewal, at the same time. There is no fee for voter registration services.
“It’s super convenient as voters can check their voter registration, register to vote, or update their registration all from their smartphone 24/7,” Wike said. “Taking five minutes out of your day now can really save you some frustration when you go to the voting place.”
For more information, contact the Alexander County Board of Elections at email@example.com or (828) 632-2990, or visit https://alexandercountync.gov/departments/board-of-elections.