There will be two sets of ballots for the May 2012 primary that includes a constitutional amendment about banning same-sex marriage.
The state will print one for 17-year-old voters and one for everyone else.
The law says you have to be 18 years old to vote; however, 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the time the November 2012 election arrives are able to vote in the primary.
Since the amendment is not a primary, and simply a one-time ballot question, 17-year-olds will not have the option to vote on it, according to the News and Observer.
Same-sex marriage is already illegal in North Carolina. A constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman would make it more difficult to undo the law.