Primary on March 15

Simplifying Our Montford Precinct
Susan Presson

The most important thing we can do right now to help our neighbors and, frankly, the country, is to VOTE. Much is at stake. I’m writing as the new Democratic Precinct Chair for Montford (Precinct 2.1) so this article is admittedly partisan, but most of this information will help everyone in voting.

Candidates for presidency, US Senate and statewide offices will appear on all ballots.

In Montford these are our voting districts:

  • US Congressional Elections: District 10
  • NC State Representatives: District 114
  • NC State Senators: District 49
  • Buncombe County Commission Elections: District 1

The Primary election for all party candidates is Tuesday, March 15. Winning candidates go on to compete in the General Election November 8. Voters may select the Democratic or Republican ballot. Precinct 2.1 residents vote at Isaac Dickson Elementary (Randolph) School both March 15 and November 8. To vote March 15 one must register by February 19. Local residents can register online at or any of the following: the Board of Elections at 77 McDowell Street, any of the libraries, the DMV, Social Services, as well as other places.

Early voting is March 3-12. There is same-day registration during early voting. Here are the Early Voting sites. Check with the Board of Elections at for hours:

  • Buncombe County Administrative Building, 200 College Street
  • Asheville Mall
  • Asheville Outlets
  • Black Mountain, Fairview, Leicester, North Asheville, South Buncome, and West Asheville libraries
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church
  • Weaverville Town Hall

Important Dates To Remember

2/19 last day to register to vote in the Primary

3/3-12 early voting at 11 sites with same-day registration

3/15 Primary Election at your precinct

7/18-21 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio

7/25-28 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA

11/8 General Election

What You Need To Know About Voting

  • A photo ID is required if you’re voting onsite (as of today people who claim hardship in acquiring a picture ID will still be allowed to vote without one. There are on-going legal battles, which could impact these rules, so check before you vote).
    • NC driver’s license, ID card issued by the NC DMV, US military or veteran’s ID, US passport, enrollment card from a federal- or NC-recognized tribe.
    • Address on the ID doesn’t matter, but the name should be the same as your voter registration name,
    • Expired license or passport cannot be used, except if it is current when a person turns 70. Then it is good for life.
    • An out-of-state license is only good for 90 days after one
    • Student ID’s are not acceptable.
  • No photo ID is needed for a mail-in ballot or curbside voting.
  • Absentee Voting–get a mail-in ballot by going to: or a near relative may request an absentee ballot at the Board of Elections.
  • There is no Straight-ticket voting. Vote for each office separately.

At this date there is no sample ballot. So here are your options:


Republicans – 28 contestants
Democrats – 3 contestants

US Senate

Larry Holmquist
Paul Wright
Greg Brannon

Ernest Reeves
Kevin Griffin
Chris Rey
Deborah Ross

US House of Representatives, District 10

Patrick McHenry
Albert Lee Wiley
Jeffry D. Gregory

Andy Millard is the uncontested Democratic nominee

NC Governor

Pat McCrory
Charles Kenneth Moss
C. Robert Brawley

Ray Cooper
Ken Spaulding

NC Lieutenant Governor for the Democratic Nomination

Holly Jones
Ronald Newton
Robert Earl Wilson
Linda Coleman

NC Attorney General

Buck Newton
Jim O’Neill

Josh Stein
Marcus Williams

Chairperson of Buncombe Co. Board of Commissioners

Chad Nesbitt
Miranda Debruhl

Brownie Newman is unopposed

Buncombe County Commissioners District 1

Jasmine Beach Ferrara
Isaac Coleman
Gordon Smith

Note: If Brownie Newman is elected Chairman of the County Commissioners in November, the Buncombe County Democratic Executive Committee will choose a person to fill his position in District 1 in December when he is sworn in.

Can you help with this primary and November election? We need people to canvas door-to-door, phone bank, register voters, get people to vote, talk to neighbors about voting, and to donate money.

Please come to our Precinct meeting Saturday, February 27 to strategize about getting out the vote. This meeting will be 10am-12noon at the Dr. Wesley-Grant Southside Center. Come help Democrats get elected! Contact Susan Presson at about getting involved.