Deadlines for absentee ballots and voter registration for elections in North Carolina are quickly approaching. First day absentee ballots will be mailed on March 17th while those ballots request must be received by no later than 5 p.m. on April 29th. The deadline for voter registration in the primaries is April 11th while Oct. 10th is the deadline to register for the general election. In Mitchell County citizens will cast votes for Sheriff, Clerk of Superior Courts and three spots on the county commission. Filing for candidates began on Monday and will continue through Feb. 28th.