Know How To Go: Voting on Election Day

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Today’s the day, folks. It’s Election Day! If you haven’t already voted by mail or voted early in person, it’s time to hit the polls and cast your vote for the next president of the United States, as well as for those running for local office. As you all know, this is a very important election and it’s crucial that everyone who is able to vote does so. Before you head to the polls, read through these FAQs to ensure you’re prepared for voting on Election Day on November 3.

Who’s running?

Doing your research is important. Meet the candidates on your ballot—from U.S. president and Congress, to the state legislature, courts and local races—and learn about their qualifications and key issues at

Are you registered to vote?

You must have already registered to vote before Election Day in order to cast your ballot. Check your voter registration status at

Where do you vote on Election Day?

Unlike during early voting, you must vote at your designated polling place on Election Day. Find yours at

What do you need to bring?

If you’ve voted in North Carolina before, you don’t need to show ID to vote, however, if you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail and didn’t provide your driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration form, you will need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include a driver’s license or state ID, U.S. Passport, employee ID, student ID, military ID, or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.

Can you still drop off your ballot?

If you missed the vote by mail deadline or didn’t have time to vote early, you can still turn in your ballot on Election Day. Ballots must be returned to the Wake County Board of Elections office at 1200 N. New Hope Road by 5 p.m. on Election Day November 3.

How late are polling places open?

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Any voter in line by 7:30 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

What COVID-19 precautions are polling places taking?

County election boards will be enforcing social distancing, providing hand sanitizer and masks, providing single use pens, cleaning surfaces and equipment frequently and other precautions. Remember the three W’s (Wear a mask, Wait six feet apart, Wash your hands frequently)!

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