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Originally published: 2014-04-10 13:56:11
Last modified: 2014-04-10 13:56:56

Our View: Go vote but first. ...

The May 6 primary is still nearly a month away, but your chance to participate ends Friday if you haven't registered to vote by that day.

Law changes enacted by the General Assembly in 2013 mean that anyone who is not yet registered with the Watauga County Board of Election has until 5 p.m. April 11 to do so in order to be eligible to vote in next month's primary. As of those law changes, registering to vote during early voting is no longer an option.

And this year, that primary vote will be more important in some races than is typical. 

The race for district attorney in the 24th Prosecutorial District, for example, boasts a  three-person field of only Republicans. That contest and final selection will be decided in May. 

The nonpartisan race for the Watauga County Board of Education has eight candidates on the May ballot -- the fall ballot will showcase only the Top 6. 

Similarly, Republicans will have the opportunity to help whittle down the race for Watauga County Board of Commissioners in districts 3 and 5 because of multiple GOP candidates running.

Your right to vote is your right to help shape our country's future. Eligible citizens are 18 or older and have been a resident of Watauga County for at least 30 days prior to the election. If you are already registered, but have moved, you must also change your address to correct your registration information. 

For more information, contact or visit the Watauga County Elections Office, located inside the courthouse at 842 W. King St. in Boone.