This page has everything that you need to know regarding the 2018 Statewide Primary Election. Please review each tab to ensure that you understand your options and are prepared for voting during the election.
To see a list of the contests and candidates who will appear on ballots during the 2018 Primary Election on Tuesday, May 8, please click here.
Click here to locate your ballot style for the 2018 Primary Election. All ballot styles for New Hanover County are listed below.
Please note that your party affiliation and residence address affect the ballot style you receive. Use the information in the tabs below to learn more.
Prior to voting in any election it is important to confirm that you are a registered voter and that your voter registration contains all of your most recent information. Your voter registration record should accurately reflect full name, address and party affiliation in order to ensure a quick and efficient Election Day experience. You may check the status of your voter registration by clicking here.
If you would like to register to vote for the first time or update your registration profile, please print, complete and sign a voter registration application and return it to the New Hanover County Board of Elections office prior to the voter registration deadline – Friday, April 13, 2018. If you miss the voter registration deadline but would like to register to vote prior to the partisan primary election, you may do so by completing the Same-Day Registration process at any of the One-Stop Voting sites throughout New Hanover County. Same-Day Registration allows a person to register and vote at the same time at a One-Stop Site. You are not allowed to complete the Same-Day Registration process and vote on Election Day. One-Stop Voting runs from Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, May 5, 2018 (Specific dates, times and locations coming soon.) For more information on the Same-Day Registration process, please click here.
Voters who are 17 years old and will be 18 by the date of the 2018 General Election (Tuesday, November 6, 2018) will be eligible to vote in the 2018 Primary Election.
North Carolina has three recognized political parties: Democratic, Republican and Libertarian. When a person registers to vote, they may choose one of the three recognized parties, or they may choose to remain Unaffiliated – meaning they choose not to affiliate with a political party.
The State of North Carolina has a semi-closed primary system. In primary elections, voters affiliated with a political party may only vote the ballot for that specific party and are closed from voting in another party’s primary. However, Unaffiliated voters have the choice to vote in any recognized party’s primary.
It is important to know which party you are affiliated with prior to voting in a partisan primary election. You may check your registration to see your party affiliation by clicking here. If you would like to update your party affiliation, please print, complete and sign a voter registration application and return it to the New Hanover County Board of Elections office prior to the voter registration deadline – Friday, April 13, 2018. Please note that you may not change party affiliation after the voter registration deadline.
There are three voting options in North Carolina in which a voter may choose to cast his or her ballot.
It is important to know the differences of where you can cast a ballot during the election.
If you plan to vote during the One-Stop Voting period, you can present at any of the One-Stop sites around New Hanover County (One-Stop site information coming soon), no matter where in the county you are registered to vote.
If you plan to vote on Election Day, you must present to vote in the precinct in which you are registered. If you present at any precinct other than your own to vote, you will be directed to your correct polling place or be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot which may slow your Election Day experience. To find out where you should vote on Election Day, please click here.
To view the full election calendar, please click here.