A half dozen things to know about the 2024 Primary election

By on February 9, 2024

 With November still nine months away, most of us are probably not thinking about filling out our ballots right now. But next month’s North Carolian primary elections will provide a test for a number of candidates and the first official opportunity for voters to weigh in. Here’s a few things to know.


  1. NC Primary Election Day is probably closer than you think. It is a few weeks away on March 5. Here is a link to where you can vote in Dare County on March 5. Polling Places | Dare County, NC (darenc.gov).
  2. Early voting starts next week. It will begin on Feb. 15 and run through March 2. There are three locations for early voting: The Dare County Administrative Building at 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo; Kill Devil Hills Town Hall at 102 Town Hall Drive in KDH; and the Fessenden Center Annex at 47017 Buxton Back Road in Buxton.
  3. Photo ID required, but you could still vote without one. When voting in person, you will be asked to present a valid photo ID card. If you do not have a valid photo ID card, you may obtain one from the Dare County Board of Elections through the end of the early voting period. If you do not have a valid photo ID card on Election Day, you may still vote and have your vote counted by signing an affidavit of reasonable impediments as to why you have not presented a valid photo ID.
  4. There are three primary races for Dare County Commissioner on the Republican side. In District 1, current board Vice-chair Wally Overman faces off against Carson Creef. In District 2, current Chair Bob Woodard has a challenge from Christian Thomas Hayman. In District 1, Bea Basnight, who was recently selected to fill the vacancy left by the death of Jim Tobin, is competing against Mike Burrus.
  5. There are no Democratic primary contests for local office. The sole Democrat on the seven-member board of commissioners, Danny Couch, has announced he will not seek re-election. Another Democrat, Aida Havel of Salvo, has announced she will run for that seat, and she will face Republican Dare Ed Board Member Mary Ellon Balance in the general election.
  6. While only one Republican presidential candidate is still in the race against Donald Trump, there are seven candidates on the Republican presidential ballot. Those taking a Democratic ballot will choose between Joe Biden and No Preference. But the largest choice facing voters is with the presidential candidates in the Libertarian party with 10 names on the ballot—ranging from David (Time Traveler) Dunlap to Toad Anderson.

Click here to view March 5, 2024 Primary Sample ballots: (Democratic); (Libertarian) and (Republican).


  • Henry King

    Beau Lindsey is a solid candidate for Libertarian and Independent Voters. End the Duopoly! Vote Beau Lindsey on March 5th!

    Saturday, Feb 10 @ 2:28 pm
  • Charles

    I think no preference has a hell of a shot…

    Monday, Feb 12 @ 1:57 pm