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Early voting ends Saturday; primary is Tuesday

Early voting for the June 7 primary continues through 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rowan County Board of Elections, now in West End Plaza.

After that, if you want to vote in the congressional or judicial primaries, you can vote between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, which is Primary Day.

Board of Elections officials say more than 1,000 Rowan residents have taken advantage of early voting so far this season — 322 in the 8th District and 757 in the 13th.

The Board of Elections’ new location is adjacent to Badcock Furniture in the former Salisbury Mall, at the corner of Jake Alexander and Statesville boulevards. Signs outside the building direct voters to the polling location.

With the unusual June date, the limited number of races on the ballot and confusion over newly drawn districts, this is an unusual election, said Laura Russell, elections specialist. Elections officials are not trying to predict what percentage of voters might turn out for the primary.

On the ballot are these races:

• 8th Congressional District GOP primary, featuring incumbent Richard Hudson and challenger Tim D’Annunzio. (There is no Democratic primary in this district.)

• 13th Congressional District GOP primary, featuring 17 Republicans listed on the ballot in this order: Hank Henning, Julia Craven Howard, Matthew J. McCall, Vernon Robinson, George Ruoco, Farren K. Shoaf, Jim Snyder, David W. Thompson, Jason A. Walser, Harry Warren, Dan Barrett, John Blust, Andrew C. Brock, Ted Budd, Mrs. Kay Daly and Chad A. Grant.

• 13th District Democratic primary, with five candidates: Bob Isner, Adam Coker, Bruce Davis, Mazie Ferguson and Kevin Griffin.

• N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice, with four candidates: Michael R. Morgan, Daniel Robertson, Robert H. Edmunds and Sabra Jean Faires.

The top vote-getter in each of the congressional races will be their party’s nominee and appear on the November ballot. There will be no run-off primary.

In the Supreme Court race, a non-partisan contest, the top two vote-getters will be on the fall ballot.

Unaffiliated voters may vote in the primary of their choice. All voters may vote in the judicial race.

The Salisbury Post published a Voters Guide about the June 7 primary in the May 29 paper.

Information about the congressional candidates is on the Post’s website at www.salisburypost.com/2016-congress-primary-election-candidates/.

A story about the Supreme Court candidates can be found here: http://www.salisburypost.com/2016/05/27/supreme-court-on-primary-ballot-too/

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