VOTE

Cast Your Ballot in the November 6th Mid-term General Election

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Frequently Asked Question about Voting:


Why should I vote in a mid-term election?

Our democracy is built on checks and balances, and the mid-term elections are one of those checks. While we are not going to be able to vote for a new president, we can vote for federal, state, local, and judicial candidates that reflect our ideas and values. These people have a lot of power in shaping the change we want to see in our government.

The upcoming November 6th, 2018 mid-term election is particularly important because recent redistricting has altered many state legislative districts in North Carolina.  The 16th District of the North Carolina state Senate emphasizes the impact of recent redistricting.  The 16th District is now an open seat, without an incumbent state Senator.


What are my options to vote?

North Carolinians registered to vote by October 12th, 2018 may cast their ballot in the upcoming November 6th, 2018 mid-term election in a variety of ways:


How do I vote absentee by mail?

Any North Carolinian who is registered to vote may vote absentee by mail.  The Wake County Board of Elections is currently processing absentee ballot requests for the November 6th, 2018 election.  Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot but all absentee ballot requests must be submitted to the Wake County Board of Elections by 5:00 pm on October 30th, 2018.

To request an absentee ballot, voters must complete an absentee ballot request form and submit the request to the Wake County Board of Elections via:

  • Mail: Wake County Board of Elections, P.O. Box 695, Raleigh, NC 27602
  • Email: absentee@wakegov.com
  • Fax: (919) 856-5864
  • Hand delivery: Wake County Office Building, 337 S. Salisbury St., 1st Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601

The Wake County Board of Elections will process your absentee ballot request and mail an absentee ballot to the address specified on your absentee ballot request.  Absentee ballots must be completed and postmarked on or before November 6th, 2018 or hand-delivered to the Wake County Board of Elections by 5:00 pm on November 6th, 2018 to be counted in the 2018 mid-term election vote tally.


When and where can I vote early?

Early voting for the November 6th, 2018 election begins on October 17th, 2018.  North Carolinians registered to vote in Wake County may vote at any Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site.

A print off of Wake County’s early voting schedule and locations is available at the Wake County Board of Elections website.


When and where can I vote on Election Day?

Registered voters may vote in the November 6th, 2018 election on Election Day between 6:30 am and 7:30 pm at their local Election Day Precinct polling place.  North Carolinians are not permitted to register to vote on Election Day.  If you go to the wrong precinct on Election Day or have any problem at the poll, you have the right to vote with a provisional ballot.


How do I confirm my current voter registration information?

All voters are highly encouraged to confirm their voter registration prior to voting.  North Carolinians may confirm their voter registration by inputting their information into the North Carolina State Board of Elections voter search tool.  The North Carolina State Board of Elections voter search tool will confirm a voter’s registration address, Election Day precinct polling place, electoral districts, and party affiliation.  The tool will also provide a voter with a sample ballot for the upcoming November 6th, 2018 mid-term election.


Can I still register to vote for the November 6th, 2018 mid-term election?

Eligible residents of Wake County can register to vote at any Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site during the election early vote schedule.  Eligible residents of Wake County who seek to register to vote at a Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site may be asked to provide proof of name and address.  Acceptable proof includes: any government document that lists name and address, pay stub, utility bill, bank statement or student ID with school document showing an address.

Voters can also update their voter registration at any Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site.  Voters should update their voter registration if they moved 30 or more days before Election Day (November 6th, 2018).

Voters may not change their party affiliation during the primary election Early Vote period.


Do I need photo identification to vote?

No, voters are not required to present photo identification to vote in North Carolina.  However, if an individual seeks to register to vote at a Wake County One-Stop Early Vote site, they may be required to provide proof of address.  Acceptable proof includes: any government document that lists name and address, pay stub, utility bill, bank statement or student ID with school document showing address.


Can I vote in the November 6th, 2018 mid-term election if I’m only 17 years of age?

Yes, 17 year-olds may register to vote for the mid-term election if they will be 18 years of age by November 6, 2018.


Can I vote if I have been convicted of a crime?

North Carolinians convicted of felonies are prohibited from voting or registering to vote until they’ve completed all terms of their felony sentences, including any probation or parole. North Carolinians who have completed their sentences or receive a pardon may register to vote and vote. Those convicted of misdemeanors in North Carolina do not lose their voting rights, even if they are/were incarcerated.


What should I do if encounter difficulties when attempting to vote?

Please contact the Voter Helpline: 888-OUR-VOTE or NCVoter.org.