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A New Tool to Check On Early Voting Wait Times

In Buzz, October 2020, Web Exclusive by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Planning to vote early but don’t have the time to wait in line for hours? Wake County Board of Elections just launched a new tool on Airtable with wait time estimates for each of the county’s 20 early voting sites. Wake County has already seen an incredible increase in residents lining up to vote early this election year, so the tool will hopefully ease voters’ hesitation to wait in line and help them find a polling place that doesn’t have a long wait. 

The chart is organized by polling place with its exact address, estimated wait time and the time that it was last updated. The county is aiming to update the wait times at least every hour. Depending on the time of day and what polling place you go to, voters may experience a two-hour-long wait, or no wait at all.  

Due to the fact that Wake County voters can cast their vote at any of the early voting sites, they can opt to go to a polling place that may be farther away from them but have less of a wait time, making it easier and more efficient for people to get out and vote early.

When going to an early voting site, remember to wear your mask and space yourself at least six feet apart from those around you. Wake County Board of Elections has also installed dividers between each of the voting booths to further minimize close contact with others and is working to get more booths into the voting sites to decrease wait times.

For more information on voting early in North Carolina, visit raleighmag.com/2020/10/early-voting-nc-starts-thursday.

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