Absentee Ballots Available for Second Primary

All North Carolina registered Republicans and some unaffiliated voters are eligible to vote in second primary elections to be held Tuesday, May 14, in all 100 counties.

In Columbus County, second primaries are being held for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor between Hal Weatherman and Jim O’Neill; and the Republican nomination for state auditor between Jack Clark and Dave Boliek . In each instance, the second-place candidate in the March 5 primary election requested a second primary after no candidate received more than 30 percent of the votes in that contest.

The winners of the second primaries will be the Republican nominees on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Absentee ballots are already being mailed to eligible voters who requested them. In-person early voting begins Thursday, April 25. For county-by-county early voting sites and schedules, see Early Voting Sites. Second primary Election Day is May 14.

All registered Republicans in North Carolina may vote in the statewide contests for lieutenant governor and state auditor. Also eligible for those contests are unaffiliated voters who either didn’t vote or voted the Republican ballot in the March 5 primary.

All registered Republicans who live in U.S. House District 13 are eligible to vote in that second primary, along with unaffiliated voters who live in that congressional district and either didn’t vote or voted the Republican ballot in the March 5 primary.

Registration of new voters is not permitted between the first and second primaries. This means same-day registration is not available during early voting for the second primary. However, individuals who become eligible to vote between the primary and second primary and who are otherwise eligible to vote in the second primary may register and vote on the day of the second primary, May 14.