Get ready to vote now!


By Jane Brown
Special Correspondent  

This fall’s election is less than four months away. This is an especially important election as we will be voting not only for the U.S. President but also for the NC Governor, Superior and Supreme Court Judges, and our State Representatives. 

Now is the time to get ready to vote. Here are two important things to know about voting this year:

  1. You must be registered to vote at your current address. You can check to ensure you are registered to vote at your current address HERE. If you’ve ever obtained an NC driver’s license, you can register to vote online for free and/or change your address HERE until Oct. 11.
  2. You will need to show a photo ID when you vote. A number of different photo IDs will be accepted, including your driver’s license, a passport, or a free voter ID that you can get from the Orange County Board of Elections. Check out which IDs are acceptable HERE.

Important dates:

Now:  If you won’t be able to or don’t want to vote in person you may request an absentee/ vote-by-mail ballot online. Or you can download the request form at the NC Absentee Ballot Portal. Requested ballots will be sent beginning Sept. 6 to fill out and return by election day to the Orange County Board of Elections. Or you may deliver your completed ballot to the OCBOE at 208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough, NC  27278.

October 17- Nov. 2:  If you are registered to vote in Orange County, you may vote at one of the six early voting sites between Oct. 17 and Nov. 2. You can also register to vote and vote on the same day during early voting. See the early voting sites and times HERE.

Tuesday, Nov. 5 (6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Election day. You must vote at you precinct’s voting place on election day. Find your election day polling place HERE

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

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