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Asheville Citizen Times voting guide: What you need to know for the May 17 primary

Asheville Citizen Times logo Asheville Citizen Times 5/16/2022 Sarah Honosky, Asheville Citizen Times
Poll worker Lois Walker cleans a voting computer and privacy shield after a voter cast their ballot during early voting at the Henderson County Board of Elections Office on Oct. 15, 2020. Primary day in North Carolina is May 17. © Angeli Wright, ANGELI WRIGHT/ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES Poll worker Lois Walker cleans a voting computer and privacy shield after a voter cast their ballot during early voting at the Henderson County Board of Elections Office on Oct. 15, 2020. Primary day in North Carolina is May 17.

ASHEVILLE - Primary day is May 17 in Buncombe County. Polls in Buncombe County will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Anyone in line by 7:30 p.m. will have the opportunity to vote, according Lillian Govus, county spokesperson.

The election will decide who goes to the general election in November, with some major seats on the line including Asheville Mayor and City Council members, Buncombe County Sheriff, Buncombe County District Attorney, Asheville City Schools Board members and N.C. 11th District congressional representative — the seat now held by controversial Henderson County Republican Madison Cawthorn.

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With these high-interest races on the ballot, Election Services office anticipates a big turnout. 

Director of Election Services Corinne Duncan said another indicator of high turnout is the absentee numbers — which have far surpassed the 2018 midterm primary requests for mail-in ballots, and nearly overtaken the number returned. 

As of April 27, the department has received 1,707 absentee ballot requests, with 262 returned. 

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In the entirety of the 2018 midterm primary, 405 absentee ballots were requested, and 283 returned. 

“The bigger absentee numbers are really showing that people are showing interest in actually voting,” Duncan said. 

In-person early voting always draws the biggest numbers in Buncombe County and across the state, and she anticipates this year will see a high volumes of early voters voters, especially in the first two days. 

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Voters can find more information, including polling place sites, sample ballots, maps and results at buncombecounty.org/vote

Sarah Honosky is the city government reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA TODAY Network. News Tips? Email shonosky@citizentimes.com or message on Twitter at @slhonosky. 

This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: Asheville Citizen Times voting guide: What you need to know for the May 17 primary

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