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Early voting begins tomorrow for Republicans in 9th congressional district after absentee ballot scheme

Early voting begins tomorrow in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, where the State Board of Elections found a “coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” in the 2018 general election.

The Board ordered a new election after a four-day evidentiary hearing in February. One-Stop, in-person early voting begins tomorrow in the Republican primary election, which includes all or parts of eight counties – Anson, Bladen, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland and Union.

The early voting period ends Friday, May 10. For county-by-county early voting sites and schedules, go here. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 14.

The Republican Party is the only political party with a primary in the 9th congressional district, so only Republican and unaffiliated voters who live in that district may vote in the primary election. Voters registered with the Democratic, Libertarian, Green or Constitution parties are not eligible to vote in the Republican primary contest, even if they are 9th district residents.

If a second primary, or “runoff,” is necessary, it will be held September 10, with the general election on November 5, according to the State Board. If a second primary is not necessary, the general election will be September 10. If no candidate receives more than 30 percent of the votes in the primary, the candidate who receives the second-highest number of votes may demand a second primary. The top two vote-getters would be on the ballot for the second primary.

Ten Republicans filed for election in the 9th congressional district: Stevie Rivenbank Hull, Matthew Ridenhour, Stony Rushing, Fern Shubert, Albert Wiley, Chris Anglin, Dan Bishop, Leigh Thomas Brown, Cathie C. Day and Gary Dunn.

The candidates who will appear on the ballot for the general election in addition to the Republican primary winner are Democrat Dan McCready, Green Party candidate Allen Smith and Libertarian Jeff Scott.

Voters can check their registration information, including their eligible jurisdictions, view their sample ballot and check the status of a mail-in absentee ballot here.

Bladen County voters will also have other races to cast their ballot. The State Board ordered new general elections for Bladen County commissioner district 3 and Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor. Early voting for those contests also runs from April 24 through May 10. The general election for those contests is Tuesday, May 14.

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