A Voting How-To

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Important Dates

Sept. 13: Deadline to register to vote for the October election.
Sept. 19: Early voting begins for October election.

Oct. 1: Deadline to request an absentee ballot for October election.
Oct. 5: Early voting ends for October election.
Oct. 7: Deadline to return absentee ballots for October election.
Oct. 8: Election Day—Raleigh, Cary and BOE Districts 1, 2, 7 and 9. Polls open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11: Deadline to register for November election.
Oct. 17: Early voting begins for November election.
Oct. 29: Deadline to request an absentee ballot for November election.

Nov. 2: Early voting ends for potential November runoff elections.
Nov. 4: Deadline to return absentee ballots for November election.
Nov. 5: Election Day—municipal and potential runoffs. Polls open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Early Voting Locations

Wake County Board of Elections
337 S Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Herbert C Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave, Cary, NC 27513

Avery Street Recreation Center Annex
201 Avery Street, Garner, NC 27529

Raleigh voters shouldn’t expect significant changes in this year’s municipal elections, but all precincts in Wake County will be open to weigh in on the $810 million school bond referendum and Raleigh voters will vote up or down on a transportation bond.

“Besides the school and streets bond on the ballot, there’s no major or significant changes for Raleigh,” said Gary Sims, deputy director of the Wake County Board of Elections.

He said it will be difficult to compare the voter turnout to the last municipal election because of the school bond. All of the precincts aren’t usually participating in this type of election—this year, the City of Raleigh, the Town of Cary and Board of Education Districts 1, 2, 7 and 9 will all vote on Oct. 8.

Runoff elections, if necessary, for Wake County Board of Education and Raleigh City Council and mayor will take place Nov. 5.

The October ballot will also include a $75 million transportation bond to fund road projects throughout the city.

“It’s nothing more than normal for a municipal election,” he said. “We don’t have a ton of sites open and early voting is downtown, so pretty much everything will be business as usual for voters.”

Raleigh residents can check out the Wake County Board of Elections website for updated candidate lists and election notices for the Oct. 8 and Nov. 5 elections and guidelines on submitting absentee and write-in ballots.

Early voting begins on Sept. 19 for the October election and is available at Wake County Board of Elections and the Herbert C. Young Community Center until Oct. 5.

The Avery Street Recreation Center Annex will replace the Young Community Center as an early voting site for the Nov. 5 election from Oct. 17 to Nov. 2.

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