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Some early voting going on now in southern Jackson County

By Dan Brown / Staff


JACKSON COUNTY -- For voters who won’t be able to vote in the upcoming primary elections on May 8, or prefer to cast their primary votes early, the early voting period across the state began April 19.


According to the Board of Elections, sites across North Carolina will be open through May 5, for those who want to cast their votes early. No justification or reason is required to cast an early ballot. Voters can cast their ballots by mail as well.

In Jackson County, according to the Board of Elections, any registered voter can vote in a county primary, and not be restricted by district. Being a partisan primary, voters will cast their ballot for their candidate according to their registered party affiliation, though unaffiliated voters can choose a ballot from whatever party they decide, and not change their unaffiliated voter status.

Voters in Jackson County can cast their ballots at the Cashiers Recreation Center located at 355 Frank 355 Frank Allen Road in Cashiers, the Cullowhee Recreation Center, 88 Cullowhee Mountain Road in Cullowhee; the Jackson County Board of Elections 876 Skyland Drive, in Sylva; Western Carolina University, 245 Memorial Drive in Sylva; the Wolfteown Community Gym, 27 BIA Highway 422.

According to Ryan Oliver with the Jackson County Board of Elections, to receive a mail-in absentee ballot for an election, a voter, or the voter's near-relative or legal guardian, must use the State Absentee Ballot Request form to request the ballot.

Request forms are available at the State Board of Elections office, on the State Board of Elections website, and at county boards of election offices. The form can be reproduced.

A near relative means a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild, according to the state’s board of election website.

A signed and completed state absentee ballot request form must be received by the board of elections no later than 5 p.m. on the last Tuesday prior to the date of the election for which the ballot is being requested, which for the May 8 primary is May 1.

A signed and completed request form may be mailed, faxed, e-mailed or delivered in person to the county board of elections office.

Absentee voting is allowed in the primary elections.

Only registered voters can vote. Voter registration applications can be obtained at the BOE office in Sylva. Voters can also call 828-586-7538. Voters can also request an application by emailing at Jackson.boe@ncsbe.gov or lisalovedahl@jacksonnc.org. A voter registration application is available for download at www.ncsbe.gov. North Carolina does not allow online registration.

If a voter is 17 years old at the time of the primary, but will turn 18 on or before the date of the general election, they may register to vote in the primary election.  

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