GREENSBORO - Polls opened in 106 Greensboro precincts Tuesday for the 2013 municipal primaries. Votes from this election will narrow down the candidates who will be on the ballot in the General Election November 5.
Only people who live in the municipality of Greensboro can vote in this election. The Guilford County Board of Elections director, Charlie Collicutt, warned just because voters' street addresses are listed as Greensboro, those voters do not necessarily live within the municipality. He encouraged any voter who is unsure of his or her voting qualifications to check with the Guilford County Board of Elections.
Your Voice Your Vote: Greensboro 2013 Primary Election
The Greensboro municipal primaries are non-partisan, so voters will not see the candidates distinguished by party affiliation on the ballot.
Everyone who lives in the municipality of Greensboro can vote Tuesday for one of three mayoral candidates--incumbent mayor Robbie Perkins or challengers George Hartzman and Nancy Vaughan. The two candidates with the most votes will be on the ballot in the General Election.
Everyone who lives in the municipality of Greensboro also can vote for three of the nine candidates for the City Council-At Large. These candidates are not distinguishes by district. They are chosen to serve as city-wide representatives.
Voters in each district can vote for one of the candidates for the city council seat in their district. Two candidates per district will be on the ballot in the General Election. Every district but district two has a primary for the district city council seat.
Voters must vote in their assigned precincts. The precincts have been consolidated to 106, and some voters' normal precincts might have changed. The Guilford County Board of Elections director said voters whose districts changed would have received a notification in the mail.
The director also said there are no new voting requirement changes this year. The new North Carolina voter ID law provisions are not yet in effect.
Collicutt affirmed municipal primaries typically have low turnout, but they are not inexpensive. Because of state voting rules, each county must have a certain number of precincts open. The last municipal primary in 2011 cost the city of Greensboro $150,000. Collicutt said he does not yet have an estimate on how much this year's municipal primary will cost.
Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. At that time, both Tuesday's votes and early voting votes will be counted.
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