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Early voting is underway from now through Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. for the Tuesday, March 15th primaries. Hours of early voting are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 5 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 6 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Government Center – 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 34. Please checkwww.elections.nhcgoc.com for additional locations and their hours, or call 910-798-7330.
If you are not registered to vote during this early voting period, you may do so the same day that you cast your ballot. Please bring an official document like your utility bill for proof of address for identification. You can only do same-day registration until March 12. You will not be allowed to register to vote on March 15th, Primary Day.
You must also show photo identification in order to vote, but if you don’t have one, you will b e required to fill out a form explaining why, and then be allowed to cast a provisional ballot.
There will be a second primary for just congressional candidates on Tuesday, June 7th because the prior 13-district congressional map was ruled unconstitutional, and the NC General Assembly redrew the map and pushed back the date pending approval of a federal court.
In the Democratic primary race on March 15th, this newspaper wholehearted endorses the candidacy of Durham attorney and former state lawmaker Kenneth Spaulding. To put it bluntly, we like Ken because he has a fire in his belly for serving not just the black community, but all communities regardless of color. Spaulding has an abhorrence for injustice, and has been traveling the length and breadth of this state for the past two years talking with, and listening to North Carolinians as they cry out for economic and social justice. For over 30 years, Spaulding has been an attorney, and has helped to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in business development and jobs to the state so that many can feed their families and build productive lives for themselves. As a state lawmaker, he was right there sponsoring laws to bring about a greater justice and equality for all.
After the unmitigated disaster that has been the Pat McCrory years, North Carolina needs a fighter for the common man who knows in his bones what real justice and fairness for all is all about.
In the March 15 Democratic primary, vote Ken Spaulding for governor.
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR–LINDA COLEMAN
Four years ago, Linda Coleman fell just a handful of votes short of being elected lieutenant governor of North Carolina. Courageously, and facing even more primary challengers, Coleman is vying for the office again, promising to be that strong, forceful yet positive voice for North Carolina families when it comes to the critical issues that affect them the most.
Coleman is a former educator, county commissioner, state lawmaker and state personnel director, so she is uniquely experienced to represent everyday people on the issues of improving public education, economic development, greater access to affordable health care and expanding job opportunities. Coleman has raised and educated her own children here in North Carolina, so she knows firsthand the struggles of parents who only want the best for their children, and need that voice to fight for them.
Linda Coleman is the complete package, and would be the perfect team member to a Governor Ken Spaulding.
In the March 15 Democratic primary, vote Linda Coleman for lieutenant governor.
US SENATE–CHRIS REY
We must admit, we are quite impressed with the energy and vision of Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey. This three-term public servant is about positive action for the people, and his record of accomplishments from getting body cameras for his police officers to having “ban the box” as an official city policy, are proof that this young man is both progressive and visionary. And that’s why Mayor Rey wants to be elected as North Carolina’s next US senator, replacing one-term Republican incumbent Richard Burr. Chris Rey believes the families of North Carolina deserve a voice that knows their struggles, hopes and dreams. He wants them to know that if no one else is listening in Washington, D.C., that he will be, and that they can count on Chris Rey to both sponsor, and support the kind of common sense legislation that speaks to improving their collective quality of life.
Mayor Rey has proudly served his country in the military, is a strong believer in national security, but is an even stronger believer family security – people being able to support their families by bringing home bigger paychecks, and he promises to fight to make that happen if elected.
In the March 15th Democratic primary, vote Chris Rey for US Senate.