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Early voting begins in Catawba County: What you need to know
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Early voting begins in Catawba County: What you need to know

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Today is the first day of early voting in Catawba County for residents of six municipalities and two school systems.

Conover, Newton, Maiden, Claremont, the town of Catawba and Brookford all have seats up for election.

In the Hickory school system, the seats for Wards 1, 2, 3 and 5 are up for grabs. Three seats in the Newton-Conover school system are on the ballot this year — two Newton district seats and one Conover seat.

Elections in the cities and towns are all at-large and therefore all seats can be voted on by all residents regardless of where they live in the municipality.

For the school board seats, however, residents must live within the district with a seat up for election in order to vote.

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Residents can check their school ward by visiting www.catawbacountync.gov and clicking the “Elections” link under the county services tab.

From there, scroll down to the “Check Your Registration” link and enter your information to see your ward and view your sample ballots.

During the early voting period that runs through Oct. 30, residents will vote at the Catawba County Library in Newton, regardless of the municipality or school system in which they reside.

The timeline for registering to vote on the Nov. 2 Election Day has passed. However, residents can register prior to casting their ballots during the early voting period.

People who plan to register on the day they vote may be asked to show proof of residence.

That requirement can be satisfied by showing documents like utility bills, bank statements, government checks, college ID along with document confirming campus residence, driver’s license or other government ID that show the person’s current address.

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