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One-stop early voting opens across North Carolina today for the counties and municipalities holding a primary or general election on Oct. 8.

Anyone who missed the voter registration deadline can register to vote and then cast an absentee ballot at their county board of elections office during the early voting period, which ends on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Some counties, including Wake, have alternate one-stop voting sites. Check your county’s Board of Elections website for details.

Here are some of the key races for our area:

Wake County:

Voters will cast ballots on an $810 million school bond referendum, as well as four open seats on the Board of Education. Each of the seats is tied to a specific district and only those living in those districts will vote in that district’s race.

Current board members Deborah Prickett, Bill Fletcher and Tom Benton are all vying to keep their seats, but no matter what the outcome, the balance of power on the school board will remain with the Democratic majority.


Mayor Nancy McFarlane is up for re-election against challengers Venita Peyton and Robert Lewis Weltzin and residents will cast ballots in six city council races. Two at-large seats are up for grabs and the rest are district seats.

Voters will also decide on a $75 million transportation bond.


Voters will cast ballots for three open town council seats. At-large incumbent Edward Yerha is running unopposed.


Oct. 8 is a primary election for the mayor and the city council seat for Ward II.


Voters will cast primary ballots for mayor and four city council seats. Mayor Tony Chavonne is not running for re-election.