Primary voting for all 2016 elective offices is March 15

Street view of Guilford Schools office building where we vote

College Hill polling place: 501 West Washington St.

The March 15 primary isn’t just for the two parties’ presidential nominations this year. The primaries for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and everything else are that same day.

Voter registration for the primary ends on Friday February 19. Other important dates:

  • Now — Absentee voting by mail is open for the March Primary.
  • Thursday, March 3 – Early voting begins (click here for locations).
  • Tuesday March 8 – Deadline for absentee ballot requests to be received.
  • Saturday, March 12 – Early voting ends at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 15 – 2016 Statewide Primary Election Day.

Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Absentee ballots will be counted if they are clearly postmarked by March 15 and received by March 18.

College Hill’s voting place is the Guilford County Schools administrative Annex at 501 West Washington St., at the corner of Washington and Spring Street. It’s across Spring Street from Weaver Academy.

Here’s the sample ballot for Democrats (I couldn’t figure out how to get the Republican one — the Board of Elections website will give you a sample ballot only after you tell them who you are. Then it gives you the one you’ll actually use. Click on “Voter Information Lookup and Sample Ballot.”)

To download an absentee ballot and other forms, check your registration, learn what you’ll need to vote, review your ballot and get further information, go to Democracy North Carolina’s special voter website,

You can also call the Democracy North Carolina toll-free hotline, 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683).

Because many voting rules are still being contested in court, the group suggests registering to vote as soon as possible and voting early, or at your own precinct on Election Day. They also urge voters to your ID if you have one, but that if you don’t, you can still vote (which I hope they can explain, because I can’t).


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