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Early voting begins Thursday at Town Hall

April 25. By Dave Vieser. No doubt you’ve noticed the candidate signs throughout Cornelius and Mecklenburg County. They’re all about May 17—Primary Day in North Carolina—and Early Voting gets under way this Thursday.

In Cornelius, Town Hall will be open for to voters on weekdays starting April 28 from 8 am to 7:30 pm; Saturdays from 8 am to 3 pm, and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Early Voting is permitted at any designated county polling place.The last day for early voting is Saturday May 14.

Due to a combination of factors, including races delayed by late-arriving census data, voters this year will be selecting from a lengthy list of candidates for a wide number of posts, and it all begins with the primaries this May.

Vote campaign

NC Senate District 37: There is a primary on the Republican line between NC Sen. Vickie Sawyer and Thomas Fyler of Mooresville. In the process of redistricting, Sawyer picked up a portion of Cornelius while losing precincts in Yadkin County. For Fyler, a real estate agent from Mooresville, this is his first attempt at public office. District 37 includes only the western part of Cornelius.

County Sheriff: Gina Hicks and Marquis Robinson, as well as Incumbent Garry McFadden, are on the Democratic primary ballot.

US Senate: Both parties have multiple candidates seeking to run for the US Senate. The most controversial race on the Republican side: Pat McCrory, Ted Budd and Mark Walker.

US House of Representatives: Both parties have primary candidates. Incumbent Democrat Alma Adams is among those on the ballot.

County Board of Commissioners: On the Democratic Ballot, there’s a race between six candidates: Pat Cotham, Jennifer De La Jara, Arthur Griffin Jr, Yvette Townsend-Ingram, Leight Altman and Trina Boyd. The top three will run in November.

District Attorney: On the Democratic side, there is a primary between Tim Emry and incumbent Spencer Merriweather.

Judicial positions: Both parties also have a number of judicial candidates on their respective primary ballots.

View online: Board of Elections officials recommend voters access www.meck.nc to download a sample ballot and obtain a listing of designated early voting locations.

Polls will open on Tuesday May 17, Primary Day from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm at assigned polling places. Per state election rules, voters who register independent can vote for either Republican or Democratic candidates in the primary, but not both.