Tuesday, March 5, is Election Day for the 2024 Primary

212 polling places open 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Editor’s Note: The Wake County Elections team has created this user-friendly media kit as a reference resource for journalists covering the 2024 Primary on March 5: 2024 Primary Media Kit.

Tuesday, March 5, is Election Day and voters have one final opportunity to cast their ballots in the 2024 Primary in their home precinct. Polling places will be open 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

“It was great to see so many voters take advantage of the Early Voting period over the last couple of weeks,” said Wake County Board of Elections Director Olivia McCall. “Now our focus turns to making sure all 212 polling places in Wake County are ready for what we expect to be a busy Election Day.”

In a partisan primary, voters affiliated with a political party may only vote their party’s ballot and may not vote in another party’s primary. This remains true even if the party you are affiliated with does not have a primary in 2024, such as the No Labels Party and the Green Party. Unaffiliated voters will be able to choose either a Democratic, Republican, or Libertarian primary ballot. Voters can view the candidate lists and see sample ballots at wake.gov/upcomingelection.

The March Primary is the first statewide election since the implementation of the voter photo ID requirement for North Carolina. All voters will be asked to show an acceptable ID prior to receiving their Primary ballot. A full list of acceptable IDs and more information can be found at Voter ID | NCSBE.

Due to recent changes in state law, Wake County voters who requested an absentee ballot for the Primary must ensure their ballot is delivered to the Board of Elections Operations Center by 7:30 p.m. on March 5. The deadline to receive absentee ballots also applies to those delivered by mail. A postmark on or before Election Day does not establish timely receipt of a ballot delivered after the deadline.

Unofficial results of the 2024 primaries will be reported on the State Board of Elections Results Dashboard as they become available. Absentee-by-mail results can be tabulated before the polls close under state law and will be the first to appear publicly around 7:30 p.m. Due to recent changes in state law, Early Voting results will now be reported later than usual. County boards cannot begin the process of closing the Early Voting polls prior to 7:30 p.m. This process may take an hour or more with Election Day precinct results to follow.

Visit ReadyToVote.com for more information about upcoming elections and voting.

About Wake County Board of Elections

The Wake County Board of Elections is responsible for conducting all elections held in the county. The board establishes election precincts and voting sites; appoints and trains precinct officials; prepares and distributes ballots and voting equipment; certifies ballots cast in elections and investigates any voting irregularities.

The Wake County Board of Elections also maintains voter registration and voting records for more than 820,000 voters. To learn more about Wake County Board of Elections, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Contact us at voter@wake.gov or 919-404-4040.

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