Primary voting dates announced

Absentee voting for the May primary election is in full swing, and the deadline to register to vote is quickly approaching.

Citizens have until April 13 at 5 p.m. to register to vote in the May 8 primary election.

The absentee voting process for the primary began March 9, and the last day to issue or mail absentee applications is May 1, according to dates released by the Catawba County Board of Elections.

Beginning April 17, the Board of Elections (BOE) will hold one or more public meetings each Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. to pass out applications for absentee ballots, according to a BOE news release.

One-stop voting for the primary election is set to begin April 19 and end at 1 p.m. May 5.

Due to changes in state law, there is only one early voting site in the county — Newton Main Library at 115 West “C” St. in Newton. Beginning April 19, citizens can vote from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Voting is closed on Sundays.

All 40 of Catawba County’s voting precincts will be open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. the day of the primary, May 8. The board will begin taking election returns after the polls close at 7:30 p.m., and election results will be displayed in the second-floor meeting room in the Catawba County Government Center in Newton, according to the board’s website.

If needed, a second primary will be June 26 for state and county offices and July 17 for federal offices.

The general election will be Nov. 6.

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