Early voting for primary election begins

The trend in recent B.C. elections has been to more people voting in advance polls and fewer waiting until election day

This year's ballot is two pages, and will require two stamps to be mailed in.

In North Carolina, the first sitting congressional representative this year lost a primary challenge - Rep. Robert Pittenger in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

May 8, 2018 - SACRAMENTO - California voters who choose to vote by mail can expect to see their ballots begin arriving in the coming days.

Roughly 1 out of every 25 registered voters in North Carolina have cast ballots before Tuesday's primary elections, which lack statewide races but include heated local contests that appear to be boosting turnout. Voters in these counties will also have the option to vote in person at any vote center.

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Republican Greg Rothman is running unopposed to represent the 87th Legislative District, and Democrat Sean Patrick Quinlan is running unopposed for the seat in the primary. Anyone in line at a precinct at 7:30 p.m. will be allowed to vote. In some cases the primary will determine who wins a race, since no candidate from another political party filed for the fall general election. While less than a thousand more voters showed up on primary Election Day, it represented a larger portion of eligible voters and produced almost a 5 percent increase in voter turnout to 20 percent. We are one of the few states that offers both online and Election Day registration.

Eden Feldstein, of Sylvania Township, drove to his designated polling location on his lunch break to ensure he cast his ballot. The victor is expected to face a tough general election fight against a strong Democratic challenger in the GOP-leaning district, and the race to the right in the primary hasn't done Pittenger any favors.

Braun's win might mean more for how Republicans try to win in primaries the rest of this year than Blankenship's loss.

Gray said the issue goes back to party primary voting; prior to the primary, a meeting was held at the election commission to discuss potentially fraudulent voting of Democratic candidates in the Republican primary.

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The current election equipment has been used since 2000 and is reaching the end of its lifespan, making the purchase of new equipment inevitable, according to a county release.

If a candidate doesn't receive slightly more than 30 percent of the primary vote total, a runoff could take place between the two candidates with the highest vote totals.

Randy Smart finished second with 5,828 votes (24 percent), and Daryl Fisher was third with 3,335 votes (14 percent).

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