Havelock site at New Beginnings Ministry at Park Lane beginning Oct. 27

Early voting begins Thursday in New Bern for the upcoming general election in which the presidential race tops the ballot.

Voters have 17 days in which to cast early ballots in Craven County.

In Havelock, voters can cast ballots at New Beginnings Ministry of Faith at 30 Park Lane beginning on Thursday, Oct. 27.

This week in New Bern, one-stop early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the raven County Board of Elections office at 406 Craven in New Bern.

Early voting in Havelock will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays starting Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 29. Early voting continues Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4. The last day of early voting is Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Voters can register and vote on the same day during the early-voting process.

Election Day is Nov. 8, and only those registered to vote can vote on that day. Election Day voting in Havelock will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. Other voting takes place at the Harlowe Community Center as well as the Township Six Volunteer Fire Department in Carolina Pines.

Voters will not have to present photo identification to vote based on a July 29 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

The deadline to request absentee ballots is 5 p.m. on Nov. 1. The form is available by going online to www.ncsbe.gov.

The presidential race is receiving national attention, but voters will also decide U.S. Senate and U.S. House races, along with state offices that include governor and lieutenant governor.

Local races include N.C. House Dist. 3 between Republican incumbent Michael Speciale and Democratic challenger Marva Fisher Baldwin.

The N.C. Senate Dist. 2 race features Republican incumbent Norman Sanderson and Democratic challenger Dorothea White.

The non-partisan race for Dist. 3B Superior Court judge pits Robert McAfee against Josh Willey.

The election also includes four Board of Education races that are voted on county-wide, including Stefanie King and Eddie McKeel in Dist. 1, Carr Ipock and Ashley Smith in Dist. 3, David Hale and Karen Fink in Dist. 5, and Joseph Walton and Sarah Benischek in Dist. 7.

For more information about voting in Havelock, call the Craven County elections office at 636-6610 or go online to the county elections website at www.cravencountync.gov/departments/elc.cfm.