2018 Primary Election

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.

Sample Ballot D001

Sample Ballot D002

Sample Ballot R003

Sample Ballot R004

Sample Ballot L005

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.

Absentee-By-Mail Voting

  • This method of voting requires you to complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form and submit the form to the New Hanover County Board of Elections Office. Once processed, you will receive the ballot in the mail for you to complete and return prior to the Absentee Ballot Deadline (Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 5 PM if returned by hand or Friday, May 11, 2018 if returned by mail with a postmark dated on/before May 8.) A reason is not required to vote using this method and your ballot may be mailed anywhere in the world. Please click here for more information on the procedures for voting Absentee-By-Mail.

One-Stop Voting

  • Also known as “Early Voting”, One-Stop Absentee Voting allows you to present at a number of different polling sites around the county during a 17 day period prior to Election Day to cast your ballot. One-Stop Voting allows for the flexibility to choose when and where you vote – normally with shorter lines and a quicker voting experience than that on Election Day. In addition to voting, those who missed the registration deadline but would still like to cast a ballot may do so during the One-Stop Voting period using the Same-Day Registration process. Click here to learn more about One-Stop Voting and to find your closest One-Stop site.

Election Day Voting

  • The most traditional method of voting is doing so on Election Day. All 43 precincts are open on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 for Election Day Voting. This is the last chance that a person has to vote in the election. If you choose to vote on Election Day, you should present at the polling place that is specific to your voting precinct as noted on your voter registration record. To find out where you should vote on Election Day, please click here. Please be aware that Election Day polling places are different from One-Stop Sites and it is important to present at your specific polling place to vote on Election Day.

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.

Absentee-By-Mail Voting

  • Absentee-By-Mail ballots become available on Monday, March 19, 2018
  • The deadline to return the ballot by hand is Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 5 PM
  • The deadline to return the ballot by mail is Friday, May 11, 2018 with a postmark dated on/before May 8

One-Stop Voting

  • One-Stop Voting begins on Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • One-Stop Voting ends on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1 PM
  • Times, dates and locations may vary (More information coming soon)

Election Day Voting

  • Election Day is Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Polls are open from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM
  • Voters presenting after the polls close will not be allowed to vote and all voters should present at their assigned voting precinct

To view the full election calendar, please click here.

Board of Elections: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 38 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7330 • Fax 910-798-7295