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Early, one-stop voting begins

Our primary election is May 6, but you don't have to wait to cast your vote. You can vote early through May 3, and you can register and vote at the same time. More than 300 people came out to vote early in the three Wilmington locations Thursday. At least 32 of those people registered and voted at the same time. New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Bonnie Williams says those are great numbers for the first day. While NewsChannel 3 was there, there were no lines, and voters were typically in and out within minutes. Many of them said it was convenient and easy. Voters have the option of voting electronically or using paper ballots. Early voters we spoke to came out for a number of reasons. Gwendolyn Craig says "I just came here to avoid the crowds, avoid the long waiting, and just go ahead and get it over with." Jim Auten had similar thoughts. "We know how busy they can get in some elections and I think this election is going to be particularly is going to be a huge turnout," Auten said. Early, one-stop voting is available until May 3. Where to Vote:

New Hanover County

NHC Government Center, 230 Government Center Dr. Suite 39 NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St. NHC Senior Center, 2222 S. College Rd. Wilmington

Pender County

Topsail Senior Center, 20959 US 17 Hampstead Pender Co. Board of Elections, 807 S. Walker St. Burgaw

Brunswick County

Brunswick Co. Board of Elections, 10 Referendum Dr., Building F Bolivia N. Brunswick HS, 114 Scorpion Dr. Leland Brunswick Community College Annex, 705 N. Lord St. Southport National Guard Armory, 5050 Main St. Shallotte

Bladen County

Bladen County Library, 111 N. Cypress St. Elizabethtown Bladen Community College, 7418 NC 41 Hwy W. Dublin Municipal Building, 306 S. Main St. Bladenboro Town Hall, 1516 East Arcadia Rd. Riegelwood

Columbus County

Columbus Co. Board of Elections, 50 Legion Dr. Suite A Whiteville Green Creek Family Life Center, 2382 Cox Rd. Tryon Mill Spring Fire Department, 66 School Rd., Mill Spring Bolton Town Hall, 221 9th St. Bolton Chadbourn Municipal Annex, 208 E. First Ave. Chadbourn Fair Bluff Fire & Rescue, 653 Railroad St. Fair Bluff Riegelwood Senior Center, 2694 General Howe Hwy. Riegelwood Tabor City Courthouse, 110 W. Fourth St. Tabor City

Duplin County

Duplin Co. Board of Elections, 160 Mallard St. Kenansville Old Chamber of Commerce Building, 316 E. Murray St. Wallace

Onslow County

Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center, 1130 Commons Dr. N. Jacksonville Verona Fire Dept. 101 Verona Rd. Jacksonville

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