Primary early voting begins April 19


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@thestokesnews.com



Voters in Stokes County can cast their ballot as early as April 19 in the upcoming primary.

If you are registered as a Republican, you will be picking candidates for U.S. House of Representatives District 5 and will choose between incumbent Virginia Foxx, Dillon Gentry or Cortland J. Meader, Jr. Three seats for Stokes County Board of Commissioners will be on the ballot and include incumbent Ernest Lankford, Boh Mabe, Rick Morris, Andy Nickelston, Devin Parrish, Andy Stevens, Jamie Yontz, Wayne Barneycastle, Allen Brown and Jamie East.

Registered Democrats will pick a candidate for US House of Representatives District 5, Jenny Marshall or Denise (D.D.) Adams.

“We have 10 Republican candidates for county commissioner on the ballot in May. The top three vote-getters will advance to the November elections,” said Stokes County Board of Elections Director, Jason Perry. “Since Greg Collins and Steven Hewett were the only two Democrats to file, they’ll automatically advance and there’s no need for a vote.”

Early voting will begin on Thursday, April 19 at the Board of Elections office at 1012 Main Street in Danbury and will continue through Friday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Early voting will be held at the King Public Library, 101 Pilot View Drive in King, Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Early voting will be held at the Walnut Cove Fire Department, 527 N. Main Street in Walnut Cove, Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The schedule can be found on the elections website (http://www.co.stokes.nc.us/vote/) or by contacting the office at 336-593-2409. Any registered voter in the county can go to any early voting site during this period and vote. On Election Day, voters should go to the polling place they’re assigned to, which is based on where they live in the county.

If necessary, Perry said a previously registered county voter can also update name or within-county address during one-stop early voting, but cannot change party affiliation during this period.

Same-day registration, the process of registering and voting at a one-stop early voting site at the same time, is available during the early voting period. If an individual misses the traditional registration deadline and has resided in Stokes County for at least 30 days prior to Election Day, they may go through the same-day registration process. Documentation that includes the person’s current address will have to be shown to an early voting worker. Options include driver license, other government photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.

Election Day will be Tuesday, May 8, and all polling places open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.

By Amanda Dodson

adodson@thestokesnews.com

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