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Voters head to the polls today for Second Primary Election Day

Live results for the second primary of election in 2024:

The May 14 election will finalize the 2024 nominees for two statewide offices that were too close to call.

The Republican candidates for lieutenant governor and state auditor are on the ballot in Western North Carolina.

In March, 11 Republican candidates ran in the lieutenant governor primary. None collected the 30% of votes required to advance to the general election.

Under state law, a second primary is held between the top two vote-getters. In the Republican lieutenant governor second primary, Hal Weatherman and Jim O’Neill compete to determine who will face Democrat Rachel Hunt and Libertarian Dee Watson in November.

The two top vote-getters from the March Republican state auditor race, Jack Clark and Dave Boliek, are also facing off in a second primary. One will advance to November’s general election against Incumbent Democrat Jessica Holmes and Libertarian Bob Drach.

There are also a few contests outside Western North Carolina.

In the secondary primary for Republican lieutenant governor and North Carolina auditor contenders, registered Republican voters and some unaffiliated voters are able to cast ballots. Registered Democrats are not eligible and unaffiliated voters who previously cast ballots in the 2024 Democratic primary are ineligible in the Republican second primary. Check your eligibility at the NC Board of Elections.

Voters will be asked to show a photo ID to vote. Voters can show a driver’s license, but other forms of photo ID will be accepted. Find out about all options for ID here. Voters who do not have photo ID can make sure their vote counts by filling out a form explaining why they are unable to show ID or showing their ID at the county board of elections office by 5 p.m., May 23, according to the NC Board of Elections.

The deadline to return an absentee ballot is by 7:30 p.m., on May 14.

Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.