Make sure you’re registered to vote by Friday

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The deadline for voter registration applications for the North Carolina primary is this Friday, April 13. Primary elections are important. They determine which candidates will run in the November elections. For elections to be as fair as possible, all registered voters should turn out and vote in the primary. To do that, you must be registered to vote by this Friday.

Statistically fewer than 8 percent of eligible voters in this state turnout for primaries. It is important that the elected officials represent the will of the voting population and not just a very small minority

Individuals who are new to the area or are unregistered can register at the Wilson County Board of Elections, 112 Douglas St. E., through Friday. Proper ID includes a driver’s license or utility bill with your current address. The phone number at the Board of Elections is 252-399-2836.

If you are a brand new voter, never voting before in any election, you can register to vote any day throughout the one-stop early voting period. But this applies only to new voters who’ve never voted in any election.

The dates for one-stop early voting are Thursday, April 19 through Saturday the 21st; Monday the 23rd through Friday the 27th; and Sunday the 29th through Saturday the 5th. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 8. Board of Elections hours during the week are 8 to 5. Weekend hours for early voting will differ and you should call the BOE for those times.

The following websites provide valuable voter information.

A voter registration application can be printed from this website and brought to the BOE — http://www.wakegov.com/elections/voters/Pages/forms.aspx

The N.C. State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement calendar provides dates for all elections — https://www.ncsbe.gov/Elections/Agency-Calendar

The following website locates your voting district and identifies your current representatives by typing in your ZIP code — https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/map

And last is Ballotpedia, which is a lot of fun. You simply scroll down to “Offices on the Ballot” and click on those that are checkmarked. It states who the Democrat, Republican and independent candidates are for the primaries for that office by district — https://ballotpedia.org/North_Carolina_elections,_2018

Let’s make this the best primary election ever.

Deborah A. Baro