Voters heading to polls

pseligson@newsobserver.comMay 3, 2014 

Johnston voters on Tuesday will choose candidates for county commissioner, clerk of court, Congress and the N.C. House of Representatives.

In some cases, the voting on Tuesday will essentially decide the November election. For example, in the Republican Party primaries for county commissioner, the winners on Tuesday will face no Democratic opposition in the fall.

For a full list of local candidates, refer to the end of this article. Go to smithfieldherald.com for the online version of this article, which has links to candidate profiles.

How and where to vote

Johnston County polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. And as long as a voter is in line by 7:30 p.m., he or she will be able to cast a ballot, said Leigh Anne Price, director of the Johnston County Board of Elections.

To find your polling place, go to ncsbe.gov/webapps/pollingplace_search/ and enter your address.

Johnston County has 36 polling places; voters can go only to the polling place that corresponds with their precinct.

Voters will be able to choose one of four ballots: Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or nonpartisan. People in each political party can receive a ballot only for their political party. Voters who are unaffiliated can choose a nonpartisan ballot or one of the three party ballots.

As of last week, Johnston County had about 110,000 registered voters: 42,000 Republicans, 38,000 Democrats, 29,000 unaffiliated and 500 Libertarians.

In 2010, Johnston County had about 99,000 registered voters. Only about 11,000 voted in the primary.

Price said she expects voting day to go smoothly. Voters with questions should call the Board of Elections at 919-989-5095 or visit johnstonnc.com/joconcelections/.

For the May primary, voters will not need an ID to cast their ballot. But precinct officials will ask voters to fill out a form stating whether they have a valid ID; this is to help the state gather statistics on how many people need IDs.

Seligson: 919-836-5768

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