Crews prepare 200+ Wake County voting areas ahead of Super Tuesday

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Election officials are getting more than 200 polling locations ready for Super Tuesday in Wake County.

“We are planning for higher turnout, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s going to be higher turnout,” said Gary Sims, director of elections for Wake County.

Sims said every election is different, especially primaries.

“You have to pay attention to what your registered party is.”

There are five parties in North Carolina: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green and the Constitution.

If you’re registered to one of those parties, you can only vote on that party’s ballot.

If you’re unaffiliated, you can choose to vote on the Democratic, Libertarian, or Republican ballot.

“If you’ve already voted early voting, you’re done. You can’t go in and you can’t vote twice,” said Sims.

When headed to the polls, you do not need a photo ID.

You’re allowed to bring your phone in, but you cannot use it for texting, calling or photos.
“When you get outside, make sure you do take a picture of yourself with your “I voted” sticker, but please do it outside of the polling place,” said Sims.

Some presidential candidate names will still be on the ballot even though they’ve dropped out.

If you vote for them, Sims said, “Those results are going to be counted. Those results are going to be recorded and then it becomes up to the party on how they handle those votes.”

Potential rain could cause an issue since the county uses paper ballots, but officials said they have emergency ballot boxes and procedures in place.

Officials want to remind voters there are bipartisan officials at the voting precincts working under a bipartisan board. The machines never touch a network or internet, and a high number of ballots are tested with the machines before each election.

Sims recommends everyone check out the sample ballot to be prepared for Super Tuesday.

“Make sure you take part in the elections process,” said Sims. “If there’s a line there tomorrow, just do your time, wait in line. We did have early voting, we had absentee by mail, but tomorrow really is your last chance to get out there to vote.”

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