2018 Election Information
 

IMPORTANT 2018 WAKE COUNTY ELECTION DATES

PRIMARY ELECTIONS FOR U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICTS 2 AND 4, NC SENATE DISTRICT 16, NC HOUSE DISTRICTS 11, 33 AND 35, AND WAKE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICTS 1, 2, 4, 5 AND 7 

  • February 12-28, 2018. View Candidate List for May 8 Primary Election Primary Candidate List
  • March 19, 2018 -First day absentee ballots are mailed to voters
  • April 13, 2018 - Voter registration deadline to vote in May primary elections
  • April 19, 2018 - Early voting begins at the Wake County Board of Elections (BOE) Office
  • April 26, 2018 - Early voting begins at 6 alternative venues
  • May 1, 2018 - Last day to submit an absentee ballot request
  • May 5, 2018 - Last day for early voting
  • May 8, 2018 - ELECTION DAY - Primary election

GENERAL ELECTION

  • Oct 12, 2018 - Last day for voter registration
  • Oct 18-Nov 3, 2018 - Early voting period 
  • Nov 6, 2018 - General Election and  last day to return absentee ballot

Go to the Wake County Board of Elections website for more information on important election dates, a voter registration application, or to request an absentee ballot. 

What is a Primary Election?

  • The purpose of a primary election is for voting members of the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian Party to select the candidate who will represent that party on the November 6 General Election ballot. Only one candidate from each party (who filed in February) will be on the November ballot. Only those races where more than one candidate from the same party (Republican, Democratic, Libertarian) filed to run will be on the ballot for the May 8 Primary.
  • Some districts and some members of a party where fewer than two candidates from a party filed will not have a contest to vote on. Check your sample ballot to determine what will be on your ballot on May 8.
  • If you are a member of a party (Republican, Democratic or Libertarian) you can only vote for candidates of that party and you will be given a ballot which reflects that rule.
  • North Carolina operates a partially open primary.   Unaffiliated Voters have the option of choosing a party's ballot on the day of the election.  There will not be a nonpartisan ballot for the May 8 primary election.
  • Check your party status by looking at your voter registration information. Any changes in party must be made by updating your voter registration information.  The deadline for making these changes is April 13, 2018.

SAMPLE PRIMARY ELECTION BALL0TS ARE NOW AVAILABLE 

To obtain the sample primary ballot for your precinct, print this page or copy the following steps on a piece of paper. 

  • Click the button below to take you to a form page titled "Voter Search"
  • Complete the form - usually your first name, last name and voter status are sufficient.   Click the "Search" button.
  • You will be transferred to another page titled "Voter Search".  Here you will see your name in blue capital letters.  Click on your name.
  • You will be transferred to a third page titled "Voter Search".   Click your name which is blue in all caps.
  • Scroll down until you reach "Sample Ballots".   Under the word "Ballot(s)" you will see a blue code which designates your ballot style .  Click this and your sample ballot will appear.