NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- The presidential primaries aren't until Tuesday, but many New Hanover County residents aren't waiting to get out their vote.
UNCW junior Patrick Williams is voting early. He said, "I'm trying to get it out of the way, less hassle right now, it's just more convenient for me."
He's one of more than 8,000 people in New Hanover County voting before primary day. That's nearly half the voters that voted in the primary in 2004.
Early voter Jacquelyn Harris said, "Because everyone is going to be out early on Tuesday and I'm just getting an early start."
Early voter Keithon Harris said, "And it's going to probably be a madhouse, and I just want to beat the crowd and vote early and get it over with."
New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Bonnie Williams said, "In my experience this is the heaviest turnout that the state of North Carolina has ever experienced for a primary."
Williams says her staff has been overwhelmed by the turn-out, but she says the more people voting early, the better. "If the voters all decide to wait until the last minute to come out, then of course we're going to have lines, and that's our biggest concern."
Saturday is the last day to get your vote in early and beat the crowd on Tuesday. But at this rate, you're still going to have to wait in line. Polls to vote early will be open Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Voting Reminder: Are you registered?
To help expedite a large voter turnout for the North Carolina Primary Election, voters should check to find out whether they are indeed registered to vote, and the locations of their polling places before Tuesday, May 6. One stop, early voting ends Saturday May 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the New Hanover County Government Center, located just off South College Road.
Voters can check their own voter registration record on-line prior to going to the polling place or by calling the Board of Elections office at 798-7330. Patience is encouraged if they choose to call the office on Primary Day. The following websites are available to answer questions, provide sample ballots and find correct polling locations:
- North Carolina Board of Elections: www.sboe.state.nc.us, click on MY ELECTION INFORMATION button.
- New Hanover County Board of Elections website: www.nhcgov.com, and follow the links from the homepage.
The New Hanover County Board of Elections is trying to be as proactive as possible in preparing the voters for what could be the busiest and largest primary New Hanover County has ever experienced. Cooperation, courtesy and patience are encouraged.