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Primaries and General Elections
Primaries in North Carolina are to nominate the party candidates who oppose each other in the General Election where you elect the officials who will serve for the next term. In primaries in North Carolina, you vote only in the primary of the party with which you are registered. However, if you are registered as Unaffiliated, you may vote in the primary of another party, if that party allows unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary. Currently, all three political parties allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their respective primaries.
Curbside Voting is available for persons who can get to the polling place but cannot get inside due to age or a current disability. There is a Curbside bell available at each precinct or One Stop voting place; however, if you do not receive service in a timely manner, you may also have someone go into the building and inform the precinct officials that you need a curbside ballot. Curbside voting is available the entire time the polls are open from 6:30 am until 7:30 pm on Election Day, and during any One Stop voting hours.
There is a curbside affidavit that must be completed and signed before a voter can vote a ballot curbside. This affidavit affirms that the voter is eligible to vote a curbside ballot.
A qualified voter of Sampson County may fill out an Absentee Ballot Request form beginning 50 days prior to an election, but not later than the Tuesday prior to an election, and mail it to the Sampson County Board of Elections, 120 County Complex Rd. Suite 110, Clinton, NC 28328. A voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian may also fill out an application for the voter beginning 50 days prior to an election, but not later than the Tuesday prior to the election. A near relative is defined as a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild. In order to be counted, all voted ballots, properly executed and witnessed, must be returned to the Board of Elections Office no later than 5:00 pm on the day before the election. The ballots must be delivered by the voter, his near relative, or the US Postal Service with an official postmark.
Click HERE for an Absentee Voter Request Form
Please note, UOCAVA absentee voters are treated differently from normal mail-in absentee voters. For more information on UOCAVA absentee voting, please visit the NC State Board of Elections or FCAP websites.
One-stop Absentee Voting
Voting in person prior to Election Day is allowed as one-stop absentee voting. This is also commonly known as “early voting.” At dates, locations, and times posted by the County Board of Elections, any registered Sampson County voter may appear at any open one-stop absentee voting location and vote.
This procedure is offered for both Primary and General Elections. One Stop locations and hours vary each Election. During one-stop voting, you ARE NOT required to vote in your precinct.