March 3 Local Primary Elections: What You Need to Know

What the candidates have to say, what your ballot will look like, voter ID and more

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North Carolina will primary elections Tuesday, March 3. There are several races on the ballot at the Carteret County and regional levels. Republican voters have four local/regional races to vote in and Democrats have one. We will only touch on local races in this voter’s guide.

Use the table of contents to jump to specific races or election information.

Primary Elections How-To

Who Can Vote

North Carolina is a semi-closed primary state. This means that those who chose a specific party when they registered, must vote with that party. Those who are registered as unaffiliated (or independent of any party) may choose one party to vote with. There are five parties participating in Tuesday’s election: Constitution Party, Democratic Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party and Republican Party. Only the two major parties have local/regional primary races covered in this guide.

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How & Where to Vote

  1. Check your registration. NC does not allow same day registration on election day.
  2. Understand which district you are in. Some elections are only open to people in certain districts.
  3. Find your polling place. Curbside voting is available at all precincts for voters with mobility limitations.
  4. Plan to arrive between 6:30 am and 7:30 pm. Anyone in line by 7:30 pm must be allowed to vote.
  5. You’ll need to tell the precinct worker your address, but you do not need to have an ID with you.
  6. The precinct worker will hand you a ballot aligning with your registration, or, if you’re unaffiliated, will ask you which party you want to vote with. You may vote with only one party each primary.

Additional Resources

  • County Board of Elections website lists everything from candidate lists to sample ballots to FAQs. See the left sidebar for navigation.
  • Vote411.org is an unaffiliated website where you can put in your address and take a look at the races you can vote in. Each race lists the candidates running and candidates will have comments in their own, unedited words, on their issues and stances.
  • NC State Board of Elections lets you check your registration status, learn which local districts you are in, find your polling place and view sample ballots.

Republican Primary

Below is a listing of county and regional races local Republican or unaffiliated voters can participate in. Following each candidate’s name are known endorsements and links to their Vote411 candidate responses, Facebook page and website.

District Court Judge – 3B, Seat 2

Anyone in the county voting in the Republican primary can vote for one of three candidates for District Court Judge, district 3B, seat 2.

The District Courts hear civil cases involving less than $25,000 and criminal misdemeanors. District Court also oversees juvenile court and the magistrates, which handle things like small claims and evictions. Judges hold their seats for four years.

The winner of the primary is the assumed winner of the general election as no candidates from other parties filed for the seat.

Board of Education – District 2 (Newport Area)

Only those living in District 2 may vote for this county school board seat. This district covers all of Newport and a portion of Broad Creek. Find your district.

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The Carteret County Board of Education is the local governing body of the County Public School System. Its members are elected in partisan races by districts and serve staggered 4-year terms.

Jerry Buttery

  • Endorsed by current BOE member Kathryn Chadwick
  • Facebook (no Vote411 response, no website)

Katie Statler

Board of Education – District 4 (Beaches and Downtown Morehead)

Only those living in District 4 may vote for this county school board seat. This district covers Morehead east of 20th Street and all of Bogue Banks. Find your district.

The Carteret County Board of Education is the local governing body of the County Public School System. Its members are elected in partisan races by districts and serve staggered 4-year terms.

Andrea Phillips Beasley

  • Endorsed by former superintendent Mat Bottoms
  • Vote411, Facebook (no website)

Travis Day (incumbent)

Board of Commissioners – District 3 (Morehead, except Downtown)

Only those living in District 3 may vote in this race. This districts covers most of Morehead (about 20th street and west), Wildwood and a portion of Broad Creek. Find your district.

Bob Cavanaugh (incumbent)

Chimer D. Clark, Jr.

  • (No Vote411 response, Facebook or Website. Emails to Clark were not answered.)

Democratic Primary

Below is the single primary race local Democratic or unaffiliated voters can participate in. Following each candidate’s name are known endorsements and links to their Vote411 candidate responses, Facebook page and website.

Board of Education – District 2 (Newport Area)

Jake Godwin (incumbent)

Jennifer Johnson

The Beacon will have full results of these primary races once results are in Tuesday night.

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