Primary elections underway in Rowan County

Published 2:39 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Rowan County voters are casting ballots today as part of the 2016 party primaries.

Polls are open today until 7:30 p.m. Elections on Rowan County ballots include the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination, U.S. Senate, Governor, a number of other statewide elections, N.C. House District 77, Rowan County commissioner and Kannapolis School Board. A $2 billion bond issue, mostly for universities and community colleges, also appears on ballots.

Today is the first election in North Carolina where voters are required to show a photo ID and proof of address. The Salisbury Post has visited a number of precincts in southern and eastern Rowan County, where poll workers said some voters forgot to bring identification and had to return with a proper ID.

Rowan County Elections Director Nancy Evans said a few voters have filled out a reasonable impediment form, which can be filled out when voters do not have proper photo ID. A voter can fill out a provisional ballot if he or she doesn’t have a photo ID. The Rowan County Board of Elections will rule on whether provisional ballots can count during the March 22 canvas.

In a number of other cases, voters arrived at the wrong precinct because of a change of address.

If a voter is unsure of his or her polling location, Evans recommended visiting the State Board of Elections’ website, clicking on “voter/absentee lookup” and searching his or her name. The state’s website will then display information about the voter, including the correct polling location. Use the following link to use the State Board of Elections’ voter search form:

With other election related questions, including which precinct you live in, contact the Rowan County Board of Elections at 704-216-8140.