YADKINVILLE — Voter registration is scheduled to end on April 11. All Yadkin County residents planning to vote in the primary election must be registered by this date. Changes of party affiliation must also be completed by April 11.
Voter registration forms are available at the Board of Elections Office, public libraries and at the DMV when applying for a driver’s license or online.
One-stop early voting this year will be held on April 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 and May 1 and 2 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Yadkin County Board of Elections office, located at 213 E. Elm St. in Yadkinville. One-stop voting on May 3 will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Primary election day is May 6.
Absentee ballot requests opened on March 17. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is April 29. The ballot request form may be completed at the Board of Elections office or requested by mail. All ballots will be mailed out to the individuals completing an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots must be mailed back to the Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on May 5. Ballots may be requested by the person completing the ballot or a close family member such as a parent, sibling or spouse.
Same-day registration will no longer be allowed at one-stop voting locations, said Elaine Barnes of the Yadkin County Board of Elections office. This is just one of the many changes to the voting laws that will begin to go into effect this year.
Another change that will affect this election is the elimination of straight party voting. Voters must now individually select each candidate on the ballot. Also, provisional votes may not be counted. Voters should vote only in their home precinct.
Barnes also said that each voter will be asked if they have a valid photo ID when they arrive to vote. This is in preparation for the changing law which will begin in 2016 and require all voters to have valid photo ID. Voters may still vote in this election and until 2016 without a photo ID, but they will sign a form indicating they do not have ID and will be given a handout on the proper forms of identification that will be a requirement starting in 2016.
For voters in the South Knob precinct, Barnes said that the polling location has been moved to Swan Creek Baptist Church fellowship hall, located at 2501 Swan Creek Road in Jonesville.
For candidate lists, sample ballots, information on the changes to voting laws or to request a registration form or absentee ballot, visit www.yadkincountync.gov/index.aspx?nid=88 or the state board of elections website www.ncsbe.gov/ncsbe/.
Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.