02/07/10 — Election filing starts Monday

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Election filing starts Monday

By Steve Herring
Published in News on February 7, 2010 1:50 AM

Filing begins Monday at noon for candidates for local, state and national offices in the May partisan primary. It ends at noon on Feb. 26.

Filing for nonpartisan local offices on the November General Election ballot doesn't begin until June.

All local candidates will file at the Wayne County Board of Election, 209 S. William Street, with the exception of judicial seats which file at the State Board of Elections office in Raleigh.

Incumbents who are up for re-election in the nonpartisan races Board of Education members are Dave Thomas, Districts 1; John Grantham, District 4; George Moye, District 5; and Rick Pridgen, District 6.

Soil and Water Board members Ronald Parks and Bryant Worley also face re-election.

The filing period for the nonpartisan offices is June 14, starting at noon, through July 2 at noon.

District and state races in May include: District Attorney Branny Vickory; Sheriff Carey Winders; Clerk of Superior Court Pam Minshew; District Court Judge Elizabeth Heath; state Senator Don Davis, District 5; Senator David Rouzer, District 12; state Rep. Van Braxton, District 10; Rep. Efton Sager, District 11; and Rep. Larry Bell, District 21.

On the national level, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Third District Congressman Walter Jones and First District Congress G.K. Butterfield are up for re-election.

A list of offices up for re-election can be found on the Wayne County Web site at www.waynegov .com/boe. It also has a detailed voter registration search engine where voters may obtain all of their registration information, including maps to their polling site. In addition, sample ballots and candidate information will be posted as soon as it is made available for download.

"The Wayne County Board of Elections encourages all registered voters to exercise their right to vote; if they can not get to their polling location on Election Day, please take the opportunity to send in an absentee request, or take advantage of one-stop early voting," said Vickie Reed, director of the Wayne County Board of Elections. "The last day Wayne County residents can register to vote or make changes to their registration will be April 9."

Absentee voting by mail begins on March 15 and the last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is April 27. The last day to return absentee ballots by mail is 5 p.m. on May 3.

One-stop absentee voting begins April 15 and runs through May 1. One-stop voting will be held at the Board of Elections office.

The primary will be held May 4 and a second primary, if needed, will be June 22, and the General Election will be held Nov. 2.

Voters are encouraged to contact the Board of Elections if they have a question concerning their voter registration status, polling site location, or any other questions concerning access to voting.

Voters may contact the Board of Elections or obtain election information sending e-mail to wc.boe@wayne gov.com or by calling 731-1411. The fax number is 731-1409 and the Web site is www.waynegov.com/boe.