Voters go to the polls Tuesday to pick nominees for state and congressional offices and to decide on a constitutional amendment that would define marriage.
The winner of a spirited six-way Democratic gubernatorial race is expected to face GOP candidate Pat McCrory, a heavy favorite on the Republican side.
Of all the races on Tuesday’s ballot, the most talked-about item may be a proposed amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Committees for the opposing sides raised a combined $3.2 million, more than double the cost of the Democratic governor’s race.
Based on early voting figures, turnout could approach or surpass the 39 percent mark from the 2008 primary, said Cherie Poucher, director of the Wake County Board of Elections. The 2008 contest featured a competitive race between Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
“This one is a little bit harder to gauge,” Poucher said.
As of Thursday night, 26,498 Wake County voters had cast early ballots, compared to a final number of 37,458 in the 2008 primary, Poucher said. In the 2010 off-year election, only 3,955 early ballots were cast.
Here are some basics to prepare for Election Day.
Just in case, first-time voters are encouraged to bring a current form of ID that lists your name and residence address.
Call the Board of Elections to find out your new polling place. You will be able to vote at your new polling place, but you will first need to fill out a form to update your address.