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Here's your guide for navigating North Carolina's March primary elections

<p>A student picks up a voting sticker after casting their vote at the Chapel of the Cross church at 304 E. Franklin Street on Oct. 23, 2018. The Chapel of the Cross serves as an early voter location close to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus.&nbsp;</p>
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A student picks up a voting sticker after casting their vote at the Chapel of the Cross church at 304 E. Franklin Street on Oct. 23, 2018. The Chapel of the Cross serves as an early voter location close to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus. 

It’s primary season once again, and the presidential race isn’t the only high-stakes election to watch this year. This year North Carolina voters will also elect a governor, Council of State, U.S. Senator, U.S. congressional representatives, judges and new General Assembly members.

When are the primary elections?

March 3, or “Super Tuesday.” In 2018, Gov. Roy Cooper signed a law moving primary elections to March from May. Thirteen other states have scheduled primary elections for March 3, including Texas and California, the two most populous. 

How do I vote?

You can check Orange County’s website to find your polling place and sample ballot. Orange County also offers in-person early voting, which begins Feb. 13, and absentee voting by mail, which begins Jan. 13.

To vote absentee, voters need to fill out a request form and turn it in by Feb. 25. Orange County no longer accepts faxed or emailed forms, so voters must mail the form to P.O. Box 220, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or hand deliver it to 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough. All absentee ballots are due to the Orange County Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on March 3.

You must be registered to vote in Orange County to participate in the county's primaries. You can fill out the voter registration form and hand it to the Orange County Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on Feb. 7. If you miss that deadline, you can also register during the early voting period by bringing valid ID and voting on the same day.

Do I need a voter ID?

No. On Dec. 31, a federal district court struck down North Carolina’s voter photo ID law. Attorney General Josh Stein said in a Jan. 2 news release that the North Carolina Department of Justice will appeal the ruling. However, the N.C. Department of Justice won’t request that it take effect before the election to avoid confusion.

What are the stakes?

North Carolina is a key swing state in the presidential election, and many of our statewide elections are competitive, especially the governor and U.S. senate races. Our congressional and senatorial elections will help decide which party controls Congress.

This year, North Carolina voters will choose all 13 congressional representatives in new voting districts. A state panel of judges struck down the 2018 maps and ordered new ones, which the General Assembly approved in November. The Democrats challenged the maps soon after, but the panel upheld them in December. Experts predict the new map will narrow the Republicans’ advantage from 10 seats to eight.

North Carolina voters will also elect a U.S. senator, a race POLITICO’s nonpartisan 2020 Election Forecast characterized as a “toss-up.”

Incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis R-N.C. faces three primary challengers: Paul Wright, Sharon Hudson and Larry Holmquist. Five Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination, including state senator Erica Smith and Army veteran Cal Cunningham, who was endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

All 170 seats of N.C. General Assembly’s are also up for election in 2020, and the winners will draw North Carolina’s voting maps for the next decade – which may include an extra congressional district. According to an Election Data Services report, 2019 Census population data suggests that North Carolina will gain a 14th congressional seat.

Here’s a list of statewide and local candidates.

U.S. SENATE

The Constitution Party:

  • Kevin E. Hayes
Website: None.

Libertarians:

  • Shannon W. Bray
Website: https://www.shannonbray.us/

Democrats:

  • Cal Cunningham
Website: https://www.calfornc.com/
  • Trevor M. Fuller
Website: https://www.fullerfornorthcarolina.com/
  • Atul Goel
Website: http://www.atulgoelforsenate.com/
  • N.C. Sen. Erica D. Smith (D-Beaufort)
Website: https://ericaforus.org/
  • Steve Swenson
Website: https://steveswensonforsenate.org/

Republicans:

  • Larry Holmquist
Website: None.
  • Sharon Y. Hudson
Website: https://twitter.com/ElectSharonHuds
  • U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis R-N.C., incumbent
Website: https://www.thomtillis.com/
  • Paul Wright
Website: http://wrightforuscongress.com/

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Democrats:

  • Rep. David E. Price, incumbent
Website: https://priceforcongress.com/
  • Daniel Ulysses Lockwood
Website: https://www.lockwood4nc.com/

Republicans:

  • Debesh Sarkar
Website: https://debeshsarkar2020.com/
  • Steve A. (Von) Loor
Website: http://steveavonloor.org/
  • Robert Thomas
Website: None.
  • Nasir A. Shaikh
Website: None.

N.C. GOVERNOR

The Constitution Party

  • Al Pisano
Website: None.

Democrats:

  • Gov. Roy Cooper, incumbent
Website: https://roycooper.com/
  • Ernest T. Reeves
Website: https://www.ernestreeves.com/

Libertarians:

  • Steven J. DiFiore
Website: None.

Republicans:

  • N.C. Rep. Holly Grange (R-New Hannover)
Website: https://hollygrangenc.com/
  • Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
Website: https://www.danforest.com/

N.C. LT. GOVERNOR

Democrats:

  • Bill Toole
Website: https://votebilltoole.com/
  • N.C. Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe)
Website: http://votevanduyn.com/
  • N.C. Rep. Yvonne Lewis Holley (D-Wake)
Website: https://yvonnelewisholley.com/
  • N.C. Rep. Chaz Beasley (D-Mecklenburg)
Website: https://chazbeasley.com/
  • Hoke County Commissioner Allen Thomas
Website: http://www.allenthomasjr.com/
  • Ron Newton
Website: https://www.electronaldlnewton.com/

Republicans:

  • Mark Robinson
Website: https://www.markrobinsonfornc.com/
  • Deborah Cochran
Website: https://www.votecochranforncltgov.com/
  • N.C. Sen. Andy Wells (R-Alexander and Catawba)
Website: https://andywells.org/
  • Greg Gebhardt
Website: https://www.jointeamgreg.com/
  • Renee Ellmers
Website: https://www.reneeellmers.com/
  • Scott Stone
Website: https://electscottstone.com/
  • Buddy Bengel
Website: https://buddyfornc.com/
  • John L. Ritter
Website: https://www.johnlritter.org/
  • Mark Johnson, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction
Website: None.

N.C. ATTORNEY GENERAL

Democrats:

  • Josh Stein, incumbent
Website: http://www.joshstein.org/

Republicans:

  • Jim O'Neill
Website: https://www.jimoneillnc.com/
  • Sam Hayes
Website: https://www.samhayesfornc.com/
  • Christine Mumma
Website: None.

N.C. AUDITOR

Democrats

  • Beth A. Wood, incumbent
Website: https://www.bethwoodcampaign.com/
  • Luis A. Toledo
Website: https://www.luistoledofornc.com/

Republicans

  • Anthony Wayne (Tony) Street
Website: None.
  • Tim Hoegemeyer
Website: https://www.hoege4auditor.com/home

N.C. COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Democrats:

  • Donovan Alexander Watson
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Donnie.U.NO.Watson
  • Jenna Wadsworth, Wake County soil and water conservation district supervisor
Website: https://www.jennawadsworth.com/
  • Walter Smith
Website: http://votewaltersmith.com/

Republicans:

  • Steve Troxler, incumbent
Website: http://www.stevetroxler.com/

N.C. COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE

Democrats:

  • Wayne Goodwin
Website: http://waynegoodwin.org/

Republicans:

  • Mike Causey, incumbent
Website: https://mikecauseync.com/
  • Ronald Pierce
Website: https://www.pierce4insurance.com/

N.C. COMMISSIONER OF LABOR

Democrats:

  • Jessica Holmes, Wake County Commissioners chairperson
Website: https://jessicaholmesnc.com/

Republicans

  • Pearl Burris Floyd
Website: https://pearlfornc.com/
  • N.C. Rep. Josh Dobson (R-McDowell)
Website: https://www.joshforlabor.com/
  • Chuck Stanley
Website: https://www.facebook.com/castanley22

SECRETARY OF STATE

Democrats

  • Elaine Marshall, incumbent
Website: https://www.elainemarshall.com/

Republicans

  • Chad Brown
Website: https://electchadbrown.com/
  • E.C. Sykes
Website: https://ecfornc.com/
  • Michael LaPaglia
Website: https://www.lapagliafornc.com/

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

Democrats:

  • James Barrett
Website: https://barrettforschools.com/
  • Constance (Lav) Johnson
Website: https://constancelavjohnson.com/
  • Jen Mangrum
Website: https://www.jenmangrumfornc.com/
  • Michael Maher
Website: https://www.maherfornc.com/
  • Keith A. Sutton, Wake County school board member
Website: https://votekeithsutton.com/

Republicans:

  • N.C. Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union)
Website: http://craighorn.com/
  • Catherine Truitt
Website: https://catherinetruitt.com/

N.C. TREASURER

Democrats:

  • Matt Leatherman
Website: https://mattfornc.com/
  • Ronnie Chatterji
Website: https://www.ronniechatterji.com/
  • Dimple Ajmera
Website: https://www.dimpleajmera.com/

Republicans

  • Dale R. Folwell, incumbent
Website: https://www.dalefolwell.com/

SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE SEAT 01

Democrats

  • Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, incumbent
Website: https://www.chiefjusticebeasley.com/

Republicans

  • Associate Justice Paul Newby
Website: https://www.paulnewby.com/

N.C. SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE SEAT 02

Democrats

  • N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Lucy Inman
Website: https://www.lucyinmanforjustice.com/

Republicans

  • N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Phil Berger, Jr.
Website: http://philbergerjr.org/landing/justice/

SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE SEAT 04

Democrats

  • Justice Mark Davis, incumbent
Website: https://justicemarkdavis.com/

Republicans

  • Tamara Barringer
Website: https://www.tamarabarringer.com/

N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE SEAT 04

Democrats

  • Tricia Shields
Website: https://www.shieldsforjudge.com/

Republicans

  • District Court Judge April C. Wood
Website: https://www.judgewoodforcoa.com/

N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE SEAT 05

Democrats

  • Superior Court Judge Lora Christine Cubbage
Website: http://cubbageforjudge.com/home

Republicans

  • District Court Judge Fred Gore
Website: http://judgefredgore.com/

N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE SEAT 06

Democrats

  • Gray Styers
Website: https://styersforjudge.com/about/

Republicans

  • Judge Chris Dillon, incumbent
Website: https://www.nccourts.gov/judicial-directory/chris-dillon

N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE SEAT 07

Democrats

  • Judge Reuben F. Young, incumbent
Website: https://www.keepjudgeyoung.com/meet-judge-reuben

Republicans

  • Superior Court Judge Jeff Carpenter
Website: https://www.electjeffcarpenter.com/

N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE SEAT 13

Democrats

  • Judge Chris Brook, incumbent
Website: https://www.keepjudgechrisbrook.com/

Republicans

  • District Court Judge Jefferson G. Griffin
Website: https://www.jeffersongriffin.com/

N.C. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 23

Democrats

  • N.C. Sen. Valerie P. Foushee (D-Chatham, Orange), incumbent
Website: valeriefoushee.com

Republicans

  • Tom Glendinning
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Tom-Glendinning-for-NC-Senate-23-2150489571904641/

N.C. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 050

Democrats

  • N.C. Rep. Graig R. Meyer (D-Caswell, Orange) , incumbent
Website: https://www.graigmeyer.com/

Republicans

None

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 056

Democrats 

  • N.C. Rep. Verla C. Insko (D-Orange), incumbent
Website: https://verlainsko.com/
  • Joe Parrish
Website: https://twitter.com/joeparrishnc?lang=en

LOCAL ELECTIONS

Orange County voters will elect new county commissioners, school board members and district court judges this year.

Four of seven county commissioner seats are up for election, and all four incumbent commissioners are running for reelection. Four of the Orange County School Board’s seven seats are also up for election, but only Vice Chairperson Tony McKnight is running for reelection.

N.C. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 15B SEAT 02

Democrats 

  • Samantha H. Cabe, incumbent
Website: facebook.com/samantha4judge

Republicans

None

N.C. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 15B SEAT 03

Democrats

  • Lamar F. Proctor, Jr.
Website: https://www.proctorforjudge.com/
  • Noah Oswald
Website: https://oswaldforjudge.com/
  • Hathaway Pendergrass
Website: https://hathawaypendergrass.com/
  • Erika R. Bales
Website: None.

Republicans

None

N.C. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 15B SEAT 04

Democrats

  • Sherri Murrell, incumbent
Website: facebook.com/sherriforjudge

Republicans

None

N.C. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 15B SEAT 05

Democrats

  •  Beverly A. Scarlett, incumbent
Website: None.

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AT-LARGE

Democrats 

  • Amy Fowler
Website: http://amyfororange.nationbuilder.com/
  • Mark Marcoplos, incumbent
Website: https://twitter.com/mmarcoplos?lang=en

Republicans

None

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 01

Democrats:

  • Penny Rich, incumbent
Website: http://pennyfororange.com/
  • Jean Hamilton
Website: https://jeanhamilton.org/
  • Mark Dorosin, incumbent
Website: http://markdorosin.org/

Republicans

None

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 02

Democrats 

  • Renee Price, incumbent
Website: https://www.orangecountync.gov/1007/Renee-Price

Republicans

None

ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION

  • Lori Bateman
Website: None.
  • Carrie Doyle
Website: https://carriedoyleforocs.org/
  • Tony McKnight, incumbent vice chairperson
Website: None.
  • Jennifer D. Moore
Website: https://www.facebook.com/moore4ocsb/
  • Bonnie Hauser
Website: https://www.facebook.com/bonniehauser4OCS/
  • LaTarndra Strong
Website: None.
  • Jennie McCray
Website: None.

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