Early voting for primary elections begins April 19

Registered voters can head to the polls on April 19 for early voting for the 2012 primary elections through May 5. There are several state and federal positions open for election, including N.C. governor and U.S. president. Cabarrus County residents voting in the Republican primary may cast votes for Board of County Commission candidates. A constitutional amendment defining marriage also is on the ballot for all voters.

Republicans and Democrats will be able to cast votes for their party’s candidates in the primary election, while independent voters must choose to vote either in the Republican or Democratic primary.

Early voting starts on Thursday, April 19 and will run through Saturday, May 5. Registered voters can cast their ballots at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections office located at 369 Church Street in downtown Concord. The Board of Elections office will be open to voters Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Friday, May 4. The last day for early voting will be Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 until 1 p.m.

The primary election for Democratic and Republican candidates will be held Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Voters can participate in the election at assigned precincts.

Voters can log on to www.cabarruscounty.us/elections to check the status of their voter registration and to receive a sample ballot for their voting district.