Early voting underway in Hoke County

In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, stacks of ballot envelopes waiting to be mailed are seen at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

In-person early voting for 2024’s March 5 primary election kicked off on Thursday, Feb. 15 across North Carolina.

Statewide, more than 340 early voting sites are open for early voting ahead of the primary.

“In-person early voting is one of the ways voters can cast ballots securely in North Carolina,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “The bipartisan election officials who work at each early voting site are prepared for a smooth voting process and to ensure the ballots of eligible voters are counted.”

There are 33,714 registered voters in Hoke County as of Feb. 17, according to the North Carolina Board of Elections. The county has nearly 14,000 registered Democrats, about 7,500 registered Republicans and some 12,000 undeclared independents.

Over 113,000 votes have already been cast, with 708 thus far in Hoke County.

The county has two early voting sites open through the end of the early voting period, which ends on Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

Those sites are located at the Hoke County Board of Elections at 227 N. Main St. in Raeford and the Rockfish Community Center at 2749 Lindsay Rd. in Raeford.