Primary Election, March 5

Published 5:55 pm Thursday, February 29, 2024

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The 2024 Primary Election is next week (Tuesday, March 5), the time where voters narrow the list of candidates who will advance to November’s General Election.

There remains a small window of opportunity for Gates County registered voters to cast a ballot prior to March 5. One-Stop Early Voting ends Saturday, March 2. There is only one early voting site in Gates County, at the Board of Elections Office (25 Medical Center Road, Gatesville).

The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays as well as from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

On the day of the Primary Election (March 5), all voting precincts in Gates County will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Those precincts are as follows:

#01 (Gatesville District), Gates County Social Services building, 122 Main Street, Gatesville;

#02 (Eure District), Eure Fire Department, 1210 NC 137, Eure;

#03 (Gates District), Gates Fire Department, Gates School Road, Gates;

#04-North (Corapeake District), Sunbury Sub Station 2, 250 Parkers Fork Road, Corapeake;

#04-South (Sunbury District), Sunbury Fire Station, 56 NC 32 South, Sunbury; and

#05 (Hobbsville District), Hobbsville Fire Department, 365 Hobbsville Road, Hobbsville.

There are only two locally contested races for Gates County voters to decide and both are for the non-partisan Board of Education: Jonathan Jones and Ray Felton (incumbent) for the District 2 seat, and Amanda J. Heimbecker (incumbent) and Terri R. Riddick for the District 4 seat.

Other primary races include partisan candidates for U.S. President, US House of Representatives District 1, Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Labor, Secretary of State, Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Treasurer, NC Supreme Court Associate Justice (seat 6), and NC Court of Appeals Judge (seats 12, 14, 15).

This year, voters will have to show an ID to vote.

According to the State Board of Elections, most voters will simply show their driver’s license. But other photos IDs are accepted as well, including a state ID from the NCDMV (a “non-operator ID”), a US passport, an NC voter photo ID issued by a county board of elections, a college or university student ID approved by the State Board of Elections, a state or local government or charter school employee ID approved by the State Board of Elections, military or veterans ID card (with photo), and tribal enrollment card (with photo).

Voters who are 65 years or older may use an expired form of acceptable ID if the ID was unexpired on their 65th birthday.

For more detailed information about Voter ID requirements, visit the State Board of Elections website at or call the Gates County Board of Elections office at (252) 357-1780, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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