Primary elections in North Carolina are May 8, 2018. The deadline for registration for this election is April 13. You can verify whether you are registered at the correct address, your sample ballots, etc. at this link:
Look up your ballot before you vote so you can research the candidates! Early voting starts April 26, locations and hours can be found here.
More info below:
Party affiliation matters
For primaries in NC, if you are registered with a specific party (Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian), you can only vote in that party’s primary. If you are registered as unaffiliated, you can choose which party’s primary you wish to vote in. For unaffiliated voters, f there is a second primary, you must vote in the same primary that you voted in for the first one, but in later years you can still vote in any party’s primary. About 50% of Wake County’s registered voters are unaffiliated – that gives you the most flexibility! If you’re not sure how you are registered, check at the above link and there is still time to change your affiliation before April 13.
Young or first time voters
For young voters, if you will be 18 by Nov. 6, you can register and vote in this primary! See ID info in next paragraph.
ID: ID is not required for all voters BUT if you have not voted for several years, or if you are a new voter, or mail sent to you has been returned to the Board of Elections, your registration may be marked that you need to show ID or proof of your address. If you have not voted recently, you might want to have ID / proof of address with you just in case so you don’t have to make another trip or vote provisionally. (Also verify that your registration is active before April 13!) See the B of E website for what is allowed for ID.
Check that you have contests to vote for!
Last but not least, you should check whether you will actually have anything to vote on before you go to the polls. If there are no contests between members of the same party (for example, two Democrats running for the same post and you are a registered Democrat) then there will be no ballot that you can vote on. You can only choose which party if you are unaffiliated. For example, in my precinct there are Dem and Rep ballots, but no Libertarian one. In another precinct I looked at, there is a Dem and Lib but no Republican one. It just depends on who’s running opposed by their party. I’m trying to save you an unnecessary trip!