The March 15, 2016 Primary in North Carolina is coming up soon–and voting laws have changed. Here’s your one-stop info guide for Iredell County. 

North Carolina changed its primary to March 15, 2016–earlier than in years past.

Primaries allow registered voters the opportunity to choose which candidates will continue to the November 2016 general election. You’ll see presidential candidates on the ballot, and you’ll also see candidates running in critical local races, including County Commissioner, Board of Education, and NC House and Senate.

In Iredell County, a strong tradition of Republican support often means that some candidates go unopposed in the general election–meaning that primary elections are even more important in determining which candidate will become your representative.


Voter ID is required to vote at the polling place.

Before you can vote, you’ll have to present an approved piece of identification. See www.voterid.nc.gov for accepted identification. Remember, free NC DMV ID cards can be obtained at the DMV.


Voter Registration Deadline and Party Change Deadline

In order to vote in the March primary, you must first be a registered voter. Remember, Republicans can only vote in the Republican primary races; Democrats can only vote in Democratic primaries. Independent or unaffiliated voters may choose to vote in either the Republican or the Democratic primary.

The deadline to register to vote or to change your party affiliation is Friday, 2/19/16. Forms can be found at https://www.co.iredell.nc.us/166/Voter-Forms-Resources



Early Voting Dates and Locations

Don’t want to wait in line on 3/15? Vote early at one of these locations:

March 3-12, 2016 March 7-12, 2016
Mon-Fri – 7:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri – 10am-5:30pm
Sat. 3/12 8am-1pm (only Saturday open) Sat. 3/12 8am-1pm (only Saturday open)
Closed Sundays Closed Sundays
Iredell County Board of Elections Office War Memorial Building
Peninsula Baptist Church
Troutman Baptist Church
Union Grove Fire Department



You can also vote by absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots can be obtained by mail on the State Absentee Ballot Request Form. Photo ID is not required to vote a mail-in absentee ballot. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is March 8th, 2016. Find more information here:  https://www.co.iredell.nc.us/166/Voter-Forms-Resources


Know your candidates and their motivation.

Local elections are critical in making a difference in our community and schools. If you don’t know how a local candidate feels about public education, be sure to ask him or her! It’s also helpful to follow local media coverage about the primary, or attend a candidates forum.

Every vote counts, and your voice must be heard.


Download our printable 2016 Primary Information form!