Get ready to vote now!

Get ready to vote now!
Get ready to vote now!


By Jane Brown
Special Rapporteur

There are less than four months until the election in the fall. This is a particularly important election because we will be electing not only the U.S. president, but also the governor of North Carolina, Supreme Court justices, and our state’s representatives.

Now is the time to prepare for the election. Here are Two important things you should know for voting this year:

  1. You must be registered as a voter at your current address. You can check if you are registered to vote at your current address HERE. If you have ever obtained a North Carolina driver’s license, you can register to vote online for free and/or change your address HERE through October 11.
  2. You must present a photo ID when you vote. Several forms of photo ID are accepted, including your driver’s license, a passport, or a free voter ID card obtained from the Orange County Board of Elections. Find out which IDs are accepted HERE.

Important data:

Now: If you cannot or do not want to vote in person, you can apply for a postal ballot online. Or you can download the request form at the NC Absentee Ballot Portal. Requested ballots will be mailed beginning September 6 for you to complete and return to the Orange County Board of Elections by Election Day. Or you can drop off your completed ballot at the OCBOE at 208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough, NC 27278.

17 October – 2 November: If you are registered to vote in Orange County, you can vote at any of the six early voting polling locations between October 17 and November 2. You can also register to vote and vote the same day during early voting. Polling locations and times can be found HERE.

Tuesday, November 5 (6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Election Day. You must vote at the polling station in your constituency on Election Day. You can find your polling station on Election Day HERE.

Still have questions? The Orange County Board of Elections is very helpful. They have an excellent collection of frequently asked questions (and answers) about voting. Check them out. If you still have questions, call them at 919-245-2350. They want to help you become a voter. Now is the time to make sure you are ready to help decide who our elected officials will be.

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