One-stop voting begins at 9 a.m. Thursday for the Tuesday, May 8, primary election.

There are three races are on the ballot:

* U.S. House of Representatives District 7, Democratic: Kyle Horton of Carolina Beach and Grayson Parker of Goldsboro. The winner will challenge incumbent Republican Rep. David Rouzer in the Nov. 6 general election.

Eligible voters in this primary are registered Democratic and unaffiliated voters residing within District 7 which encompasses all of Wayne County.

* N.C. House of Representatives District 21, Democratic: Eugene Pearsall of Faison and Raymond Smith of Goldsboro. The winner will face Republican Robert Freeman of Goldsboro in November. Incumbent Rep. Larry Bell, a Democrat, did not seek re-election.

Eligible voters in this primary are registered Democratic and unaffiliated voters residing within the district.

* Wayne County Board of Education District 6, nonpartisan: Rick Pridgen (incumbent) of Goldsboro; Joe Brown of Dudley; and Wade Leatham of Goldsboro. The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Eligible voters for the board of education primary are registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, residing within District 6.

Maps of these boundaries are available at www.waynevotes.com.

One-stop early voting for the primary will begin Thursday at the Wayne County Board of Elections, 209 S. William St.

Early voting hours will be weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Early voting ends at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

A full schedule can be found at www. waynevotes.com.

Persons who are not yet registered may register during the one-stop early voting period.

Registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of residence.

Absentee by mail voting for the election began March 19.

Absentee by mail ballot request forms are available online at www.waynevotes.com or at the Wayne County Board of Elections office, 209 S. William St.

The deadline for civilian absentee by mail requests is May 1 at 5 p.m.

On election day, Tuesday, May 8, all 30 Wayne County precincts will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Eligible voters must:

* Be a citizen of the United States.

* Live in the county of his/her registration and have resided there for 30 days prior to the date of the election.

* Be 18 years of age, although 17 year olds who will be 18 years of age by the date of the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, are eligible to vote in the primary election.

* Not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or parole). If a prospective voter has previously been convicted of a felony, his/her citizenship rights must be restored prior to re-registering to vote.

* Rescind any previous registration in any other county or states.