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Early primary voting begins February 13, includes Sunday hours

Early voting for the March primary will begin February 13 and include Sunday afternoon voting at the three sites under a plan requested by the Bladen County Board of Elections and approved by the State Board of Elections.

The primary is scheduled March 3 for November’s general election. The general election is November 3.

Early voting sites will be at the Board of Elections office in Elizabethtown, East Arcadia Town Hall and Spaulding Monroe in Bladenboro, according to the plan.

The three sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sundays through February 28. On Saturday, February 29, polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Here are the dates and times:
Thursday, Feb. 13: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb 14: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb 21: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 24: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb 28: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Voters will decide by party affiliation candidates for November’s general election from president, national and state legislatures, state council, judges, county commissioner and school board members.

Only those races where more candidates from a party have filed than seats available will be on the primary ballot.

March primaries will be needed for three Bladen County Board of Commissioner races.

Democrat incumbent G. Michael Cogdell and challengers Mark Gillespie, William H. Moore and Greg Taylor have filed for the three county-wide commissioner seats. The top three vote-getters in the primary will advance to the November election and face Republican incumbents Ray Britt and David Gooden.

In District 3, there will be primaries for both parties. James G. (Jimmie) Smith and Steve Peterson will vie for the Democrat nomination. On the Republican ticket, Judy Bowen, Danny L. Ellis and Ken Register Jr. will be on the ballot. The winners of each primary will meet in the general election for the seat currently held by Ashley Trivette. Trivette decided not to seek re-election.

There will be a Republican primary for the District 2 seat between incumbent Daniel Ross Dowless and Rodney Hester. No Democrat filed in the district so the March winner will run unopposed in November.

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