Polls are opening in all 100 counties so people can vote in person before the May 6 primary day in North Carolina.

Early voting starts Thursday. It's different from similar periods in recent years because the General Assembly passed a law in 2013 reducing the number of early-voting days from 17 to 10.

Citizens also can no longer register to vote at early-voting sites and cast ballots at the same time. Voter registration ended two weeks ago. Early voting ends May 3.

The law required counties to offer the same number of cumulative hours of voting time during the 10 days as they did before. But dozens of counties received exemptions for this election.

Voters are casting ballots for U.S. Senate, Congress, the legislature, court posts and local seats.