FILE - Thom Tillis

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

North Carolina voters who wish to vote early in the March 3 primary election can do so through Feb. 29.

Primary elections are being held for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and a number of statewide races, including North Carolina governor and lieutenant governor.

Early voting allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person at any one-stop absentee voting site in his or her county of residence. North Carolina also offers same-day registration and voting for residents who are not registered to vote but wish to do so for the primary.

Residents who are not registered can stop at a one-stop early voting site in a county and complete a registration. After registering, a voter can immediately vote at the same one-stop site.

Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of residence by presenting one of the following showing the voter's name and address: a North Carolina driver's license; other photo identification issued by a government agency; a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing the voter’s name and address; a current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation.

Because of a federal district court's injunction blocking North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect, you will not need a photo ID to vote if you are already registered.

In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Roy Cooper is facing a challenge in the primary from entrepreneur and business owner Ernest Reeves. On the Republican side, two-term Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and state Rep. Holly Grange are seeking to win their party's nomination.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis faces three challengers in the Republican primary: Larry Holmquist, Sharon Hudson and former North Carolina Superior Courts judge Paul Wright. On the Democratic side, the primary features former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller, Atul Goel, state Sen. Erica Smith and Steve Swenson.

President Donald Trump, Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Congressman Joe Walsh will appear on the Republican ballot for president. Walsh, however, has abandoned his run for president.

On the Democratic side, 15 candidates will appear on the ballot, but seven of them already have dropped out of the race, including Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, former Maryland U.S. Rep. John Delaney, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, author Marianne Williamson and businessman Andrew Yang.

North Carolina's presidential primaries are a part of Super Tuesday, when 15 states will be holding presidential primaries, totaling nearly a quarter of all available delegates.

More information on early voting in North Carolina, including a list of one-stop absentee voting sites, can be found on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.

The general election is Nov. 3.

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