What You Need To Know To Vote In Mecklenburg’s Primary Election
It’s that time of the year, election season is here. The primary election in Mecklenburg County is set for September 12, 2023. And this year’s primary election in Charlotte comes with one big change.
Charlotte is one of the first in the state to require a photo ID. Sanford municipal primary requires a photo ID as well. Don’t let that deter you, because you can still vote without it. More details on that are below. But, first some basics on voting in this year’s primary election.
The early voting period is different from Election Day as voters can cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county. It does not have to be at their assigned polling place. Also during the early voting period, eligible individuals can also register to vote and vote at the same time. See Same-Day Registration.
Early voting ends Saturday, Sept. 9 just ahead of the primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Click HERE for Early Voting Sites.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE GOING TO THE POLLS
On September 12, polls open at 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Any voter in line at their assigned polling place at 7:30 p.m. will be able to vote.
This year is the first year voters are being asked to show a photo ID. This includes a driver’s license, a school ID, a passport or a North Carolina voter ID card. See complete list of acceptable ID.
If individuals don’t have a photo ID, they can still vote. They’ll just have to fill out a voter ID exemption form at the polls.
For information on voting by mail, visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.
WHAT’S ON THE PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT?
In Charlotte, voters will cast ballots in the race for Charlotte mayor and Charlotte City Council seats. T
- Vi Lyles
- Lucille Puckett
Charlotte City Council At-Large
- Dimple Ajmera
- Ben Copeland
- Charlene Henderson El
- James (Smuggie) Mitchell Jr.
- LaWana Slack-Mayfield
- Victoria Watlington
Charlotte City Council District 2
- Malcolm Graham
- Gary Linn Young II
Charlotte City Council District 3
- Tiawana Deling Brown
- Melinda Lilly
- Warren F. Turner
Charlotte City Council District 4
- Renee Perkins Johnson
- Wil Russell
- Olivia Scott
Charlotte City Council District 5
- Curtis M. Hayes Jr.
- Marjorie Molina
- Vinroy Reid
There are several Mecklenburg County municipal races as well. They are listed below.
MECKLENBURG COUNTY MUNICIPAL RACES
UNION COUNTY MUNICIPAL RACES
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections