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About Elections

Primary Elections
A primary is an election in which candidates are nominated.  The nominees of each party are placed on the ballot in the General Election following the primaries.  North Carolina holds “closed” primary elections, which means voters registered with a political party may only vote in the party’s primary in which they are registered.  Voters registered as ‘Unaffiliated’ may choose to vote in a party primary, provided the political party has opened their primaries to unaffiliated voters.  Unaffiliated voters who choose not to vote in a party primary may choose to vote a non-partisan ballot.

General Elections
A General Election is an election in which candidates are elected.  Any qualified registered voter is eligible to vote in a General Election and may vote for any candidate of their choice, regardless of political party affiliation.  General elections are held every two years in even-numbered years.

Municipal Elections
The City of Elizabeth City Municipal elections are conducted by the Pasquotank County Board of Elections and are held every two years in odd-numbered years.  The municipal elections held in Elizabeth City are the ‘Non-Partisan with Run-off Method’, requiring a majority of votes for winning candidates in the initial election.  Any qualified registered voter residing within the Elizabeth City limits may vote in a municipal election. Absentee ballots are made available 30 days prior to the municipal election day.   

Election Day
Voters must go to their regular precinct polling place to vote on Election Day.  Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.  A voter may find their polling place and its location by clicking here.

Voters with questions regarding their respective polling place should call the Board of Elections Office at 252-335-1739. 

Voting Equipment
Pasquotank County uses optical scan voting equipment. Handicap accessible voting equipment is available at the Board of Elections office during One-Stop voting and at every polling location on Election Day.

Curbside Voting

Curbside voting is available at the Board of Elections for One-Stop Voting and all polling locations on Election Day to any voter who, because of age or  physical disability, is not able to enter the polling place.

For more information, please visit the N.C. State Board of Elections website at www.ncsbe.gov