Local Boards of Elections preparing for early primaries

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) –  Local Boards of Elections throughout the state are preparing for early electoral primaries on March 15, 2016.

Lawmakers moved up the date hoping the state will play a bigger role in deciding the presidential nominees.

Pitt County Board of Elections director Dave Davis said he and his staff will work through Christmas break to make sure operations run smoothly.

He also faces a new challenge of planning for possible snow.

“We may talk with some of our counterparts there in the western part of the state to get ideas as far as if you do have an ice storm the night before, how do you handle that? what kind of emergency preparations do you have in place,” Davis said.

His staff is also preparing to implement the new photo I.D. requirements.

“That may slow down the process a little bit until the workers get used to it because it’s going to be new for the workers just like it is for the voters,” Davis said. “The workers didn’t make the law. They’re just having to follow the law so be patient with them”

The deadline for candidates to file has also been pushed up to December 21, 2015 at noon.

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