Election filing begins Dec. 1

Election filing will start Dec. 1 at noon and will run through Dec. 21 at noon for persons seeking a seat for: NC Senate, 31st District; NC House of Representatives, 73rd District; three Yadkin County commissioner seats; and four Yadkin County school board seats.

The filing fees for the state seats are $207; county commissioner, $18; and school board member is $5. Filing fees that are $50 or more must be paid by check and made payable to Yadkin County Board of Elections.

Deadline for voter registration is Feb. 19, 2016 at 5 p.m. for the Primary.

Absentee by mail will begin on Jan. 25, 2016, and be available until March 8 at 5 p.m.

One-Stop Voting will be held upstairs in the Planning, Permitting and Elections building. The hours will be: March 3 through March 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; March 7 through March 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and then March 12 until 1 p.m. There also will be curbside voting available during this time.

Starting in March of 2016, all persons will be required to show Photo ID. There are several types which will be accepted. Driver’s License/Permit (may be expired up to four years), or if license expired after 70th birthday, DMV issued ID card (may be expired up to four years), US Passport/Passport Card (unexpired), Military ID Card (unexpired, if there is an expiration date on it), Veterans ID Card (unexpired, if there is an expiration date on it) and certain Tribal Enrollment Cards.

Voters who are unable to obtain an acceptable photo ID, due to reasonable impediment, (lack of proper documents, family obligations, transportation problems, work schedule, illness or disability among others), may still vote a provisional ballot at the polls.

Photo ID is not required to cast a mail-in absentee ballot. Absentee ballot request forms are available online from the website, the State Board of Elections website, or in the office.

Curbside voters (voters who cannot enter the polling place without assistance because of age or disability) may vote from their vehicle, but must show acceptable photo ID or another acceptable document with their name and address (current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document).

The polls will be open on Election Day, March 15, 2016, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In the event of a second Primary, the date will be May 24 if it is for a federal office and May 3 if otherwise.

The Elections Office is open Monday through Friday of each week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and any questions may be directed to the office at 336-679-4227.

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