Peggy Cockrell, left, places her ballot in the voting machine Friday while participating in early voting with her husband Russell Cockrell as site manager Louise Lamm assists at the Nash County Agriculture Center in Nashville.
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Peggy Cockrell, left, places her ballot in the voting machine Friday while participating in early voting with her husband Russell Cockrell as site manager Louise Lamm assists at the Nash County Agriculture Center in Nashville.

Primary races to go before voters

By Darla Slipke

Staff Writer

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Twin Counties residents will head to the polls today to cast their votes for a variety of primary election races.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Twin Counties elections directors encouraged local residents to exercise their right to vote.

“Staff will be waiting for them to come,” Edgecombe County Elections Director Jerry Spruell said. “We look forward to serving them on Election Day.”

Nash County Elections Director John Kearney said voters need to go to their assigned Election Day precinct based on their residential address.

People can visit the N.C. State Board of Elections’ website to look up their voter registration information and view sample ballots.

Voters who are registered with a political party can only participate in the primary of the party with which they are registered. Unaffiliated voters can choose in which party’s primary they would like to vote.

A variety of races are on the ballot. Brent Shypulefski and Arthur Rich are competing in the Republican primary for the District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District, and Dan Whittacre are competing in the Democratic primary race for that position.

Arunava ‘‘Ron’’ Sanyal, Brenda Cleary and Virginia Conlon are competing in the Democratic primary for the District 13 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Stanley ‘‘Big Griff’’ Griffin and Joseph Eugene ‘‘Gene’’ Braswell are competing in the Democratic primary for Nash County sheriff.

In Edgecombe County, J. Allen Dennie is challenging Sheriff James L. Knight in the Democratic primary for the sheriff’s position.

Four Democrats – Bronson ‚Ä®Williams, Shelly Willingham, Taro Knight and R.B. ‘‘Rusty’’ Holderness – are running for the District 23 seat in the N.C. House of Representatives.

Two Democrats – Erica Smith-Ingram and Alan Mizelle – are challenging N.C. Sen. Clark Jenkins, D-Edgecombe, for the District 3 seat in the N.C. Senate. Those are just some of the races that are part of today’s primary election.

Voters will not be required to show a photo ID to vote. People who show up to the polls to vote will be given instructions that starting in 2016, voters will be required to show a photo ID when voting in person. They will be provided with information about the types of photo ID that will be acceptable for voting starting in 2016 and asked if they have one or more of those types of identification. If the voter says he or she does not have a photo ID that will be acceptable for voting in North Carolina, he or she will be asked to sign an acknowledgement form.

Those voters will be given information about how they can obtain a photo ID from the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.