Don't miss the chance to weigh in on the primary election

Apr 27, 2014

Some of the new rules adopted by the N.C. General Assembly on voting have started this year.

In Haywood, the decreased time frame for early voting has led to the opening of a third voting site at the Clyde municipal building.

That means until Saturday, May 3, registered voters can drop by the Haywood’s Senior Resource Center at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville, the Canton Library, 11Pennsylvania Ave. or Clyde to cast their ballots.

Unlike previous years when voters could register and vote on the same day, only voters who were registered by April 11 will be allowed to participate.

There will be candidates on three ballots — the Democratic ballot, the Republican ballot and the Libertarian ballot.

Many voters still don’t understand why they have to be pigeon-holed into voting on just one ballot, but the answer is simple.

The purpose of a primary election is for a political party to choose which candidates will best represent them in the November general election.

That means those registered as Democrats receive the Democratic ballot, Republicans receive the Republican ballot and Libertarians receive the Libertarian ballot.

Those who have registered as unaffiliated may select one of the three ballots when they sign in.

Come November, candidates from all the parties will be on one ballot, and at that point, voters can select the candidate they believe will best represent their views.

Polls are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8:30 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Early voting is a way to ensure that whatever may happen in your life on Election Day, which is Tuesday, May 6, you can be secure in knowing you’ve exercised your civic responsibility by casting a ballot.

In the upcoming primary, your voice will help narrow down the slate of candidates that earn the right to be considered in the November election. Don’t miss that opportunity.