North Carolina's primary election is getting started this week. Today is the first day voters can request absentee ballots for the May 8 primary. The primary is 50 days away and early voting starts in 31 days. Here's a few other important dates:
April 13: Final day to change party affiliation and register to vote for primary. (Voters can also register at one-stop early voting.)
April 19: Early voting begins.
May 1: Final day to request absentee ballots in writing (except for illness or disability).
May 5: Final day for early voting.
May 8: Primary day. Polls close at 7:30 p.m.