Early voting starts Thursday for Charlotte mayor, council. What you need to know.

Early voting for the Charlotte mayoral race and City Council starts Thursday and ends Sept. 9

By Jim Morrill, The Charlotte Observer

So are you ready to cast a ballot in Charlotte’s primary election? You don’t have to wait long.

Early voting in the city primaries starts Thursday.

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Who can I vote for?

Mayor and city council races are on the ballot. (School board races are not.)

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There are Democratic and Republican primaries for mayor. There are Democratic council primaries for at-large seats and those in Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5. There’s a Republican primary in District 6.

For a list of candidates, click here.

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What does it take to win the primary?

A candidate needs 40 percent of the vote to win. If no one hits that, there will be a runoff on Oct. 10.

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Where can I vote early?

Starting Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hal Marshall Center, 618 N. College St.

Additional sites open Sept. 5 for five days. The final day of early voting at all sites will be Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

▪ Beatties Ford Road Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road.

▪ Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Road.

▪ Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St.

▪ SouthPark, 2100 Rexford Road.

▪ South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road.

▪ Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road.

▪ University City (Old Pier 1), 8802 JW Clay Blvd.

▪ West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Blvd.

Originally published by The Charlotte Observer

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