Tuesday’s primary election will pare down candidate fields for major races, from the presidency to national offices in the U.S. Senate and many state legislative offices.
In the eastern Wake region, the most local decision voters will make in the primary will halve a field of four candidates running for one of two newly-created seats on the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Primary winners will be added to the ballot voters will see during the Nov. 8 general election.
The General Assembly last year expanded the board of commissioners from seven seats to nine, creating two new “super” districts that together cover the entire county. District A is urban and District B is rural, encompassing nearly every Raleigh suburb as it snakes around Wake’s border.
Residents who live within the boundaries of the new District B will choose between Democratic candidates Lindy Brown and Vicki Johnson, and Republican candidates John Adcock and Phil Matthews on Tuesday. The district consists of the central cores of the towns of Wendell and Zebulon and areas surrounding the heart of Knightdale.
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Several other races pertinent to the eastern Wake region will be decided in November.
Voting sites for Tuesday’s primary will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters must go to their assigned polling place, which is the only place where their name will appear in the poll book.
There is a new rule this year that will require most people to present a valid photo ID at the polls in order to vote. There are, however, some exceptions to the new rule. For more information about voter ID requirements, visit voterid.nc.gov.
In Knightdale, polling stations will be open at Knightdale and Hodge Road elementary schools, and at Eastern Wake Fire and Rescue on Clifton Road and Knightdale United Methodist Church.
Voters in Wendell will cast ballots at Central Baptist Church and at East Wake High, Carver Elementary and Wendell Middle schools.
In Zebulon, the polling place for precinct 09-02 has been relocated from the Zebulon Rotary and Woman’s Club to the Zebulon Community Center, located at 301 S. Arendell Ave. Zebulon’s other polling places are at the Eastern Regional Center and the Hopkins Rural Fire Department.