Time to head to the polls

Tri-County residents cast ballots in primary races
May. 05, 2014 @ 08:20 PM

Democratic primaries for district attorney and two county sheriff’s offices are among the top races in today’s primary elections in the Tri-County area.

In each those cases, there is no Republican on the ballot for November.

Polls open today at 6:30 a.m. across the state and close at 7:30 p.m.

The district attorney’s race matches Cindy Bostic and Mike Waters. Bostic is an assistant district attorney, and Waters is a defense attorney.

Sam Currin, the current DA, earlier announced he would not seek re-election.

The 9th Judicial District encompasses Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties.

Incumbent Brindell Wilkins Jr., Ronald Smith Sr. and Jamye Hughes will battle it out in the Democratic primary for the Granville sheriff’s office.

Residents can vote for incumbent Johnny Williams or Greg Ayscue in the Democratic primary for the Warren sheriff’s office.

Also on the local ballot are races for school boards in Vance, Granville and Warren counties; Warren commissioners; and Granville’s clerk of Superior Court.

State and federal primaries are also being contested, headlined by the crowded field of both Democrats and Republicans seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

Some of the recent election law changes in the state will be in effect.

Voters cannot vote out of their respective precincts today nor can they register to vote today.

Voters are not required to show photo identification, but instructions for that change taking place in 2016 will be given out today.

Voters can no longer vote straight party ticket but must instead vote in each race.

Absentee ballots must be returned today by 5 p.m. to county board of elections offices in order to be counted. Those mailed have to be postmarked on or before today and be received no later than 5 p.m. on the third day (Friday) following the election.