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WEB EXCLUSIVE The time has come! Residents of North Carolina can officially start voting on Thursday, October 15. Early voting will operate much the same as in prior election years, whereby any registered voter or eligible individual may cast an absentee ballot in person during the early voting period, which lasts until Saturday, October 31. If you are eligible to vote but have not yet registered, you can register at early voting sites during the early voting period and then immediately cast your vote. Proof of residence is required, however, so make sure to bring proper identification to register. Prepare yourself for early voting in North Carolina by reading our helpful guide.
Where to Vote Early
Not every Wake County voting site is open for early voting as well. For a list, map and schedule of Wake County’s early voting locations and hours visit wakegov.com/elections/info/early/Pages/default.aspx. Make sure you give yourself enough time to wait in line, as voter turnout is supposed to be great this year!
Due to COVID-19, curbside voting has also been added this year. Every voting site in North Carolina will offer curbside voting for voters who are unable to enter the voting place due to age or disability, a medical condition that puts them at an increased risk of COVID, an inability to wear a mask due to a medical condition, or if they’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
What to Bring to the Early Voting Site
If you’re not registered to vote already, you’ll need to bring your driver’s license, government-issued photo identification, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck, or a current college photo ID card.
If you’ve voted in North Carolina before or are already registered, you don’t need to show ID to vote.
Why Should You Vote Early?
There are many reasons why people opt to cast their vote early. Typically, lines are shorter than on Election Day (November 3), plus you have more time to get to an early voting site. If you didn’t register to vote yet, the early voting period lets you register and vote on the same day. Additionally, if you know that you will be out of town on Election Day, getting to the polls during the early voting period ensures that your vote will still be counted.
If you’re unable to get to an early voting site between October 15 and October 31, make sure to cast your vote on Election Day between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.!
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