STEELE CREEK NEWS
Early Voting for
2016 Primary Election Begins March 3
26, 2016) The 2016 Primary Election in North Carolina will be on
March 15 at each precinct's voting location. Early voting starts
Thursday, March 3 and extends through Saturday, March 12 at the
Steele Creek Library (13620 Steele Creek Road) and 16 other sites.
Hours at the Steele Creek Library are
Weekdays - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 5 and 12 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 6 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Absentee ballots currently are available.
Mecklenburg County Board of Elections for more information.
The 2016 Primary is two months earlier than during previous
presidential election years, Although there are numerous
presidential candidates in the Democratic, Republican, and
Libertarian ballots, many of these will have dropped out by the
time of the primary.
In addition to presidential candidates, the 2016 election will include
contests for United States Senate and House of Representatives,
North Carolina Governor and other Council of State
offices, North Carolina Senate and House, Mecklenburg County Board of
County Commissioners, Register of Deeds, Soil & Water
Conservation District Supervisors, North Carolina Supreme Court
justices, North Carolina Court of Appeals judges, and District Court
Judges. Not all races will have candidates on the primary ballot.
To see your sample ballot, visit
Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.
For lists of candidates in districts that extend into Steele Creek
and maps of district boundaries, see
Candidates Set for 2016 State and Local Elections (12/22/15).
Public Information Manager with the Mecklenburg County Board of
Elections, spoke at the Steele Creek Residents Association Annual
Meeting on February 25. She told the audience to remember three main
1. Vote the Full Ballot
- Boundaries for United
States Congressional districts currently are under litigation. The
North Carolina General Assembly adopted new boundaries on Friday,
February 19 that placed all of Steele Creek in new District 12. The new
districts still have to be approved by the US Courts. If the new
districts are approved, candidates will need to file in them beginning March 16. Unless the current districts are
retained (which seems unlikely) there will be no official
congressional candidates in North Carolina before March 16.
Regardless, Ms. Mavromatis
said that everyone should vote the full ballot, and the elections
office will determine which votes to count. If the current congressional
district boundaries are ruled invalid, the results in the March 15
primary will not be public records and will not be revealed. A new
primary for United State Congress will be held on June 7.
Regardless of what congressional
district boundaries will be used for the 2016 elections, the current districts
are still the legal districts until current terms expire in 2017.
2. Register to Vote -
Standard registration ends 25 days before an election, which was
February 19. However, voters may register or update their
registration during Early Voting. (The North Carolina General
Assembly abolished voter registration during Early Voting, Same Day
Registration is being allowed during the primary under court
ruling--but not on the Primary Election Day.)
3. Bring a Photo ID -
Bring a drivers license or other acceptable ID when you vote. The
address on the ID does not need to be the same as the voter's
current address. The name on the ID does not need to be the voter's
current name, but it needs to be reasonably similar. The photograph
on the ID must bear a "reasonable resemblance" to the voter. If
there are any inconsistencies between the ID and the current
situation, the voter should bring additional ID to help convince the
election official that the voter is the same person as the one on
the ID. Even a credit card could be used to support confirmation,
Several other forms of ID in addition
to a drivers license are acceptable,
but all of these have exceptions--although too numerous for Ms. Mavromatis to go into.
She said that various aspects of the election are under
litigation, and court rulings could change certain aspects of the
election. She recommended that voters check the Board of Elections
web site for updates.
The For more information on the 2016 primary, see to
Mecklenburg County Board of Elections or
of Elections web sites.
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