Early one-stop voting period in North Carolina begins this week

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With the November general election three weeks away, the one-stop voting period for North Carolina residents begins Thursday.

The 15-day period allows people who will be unavailable to vote on Nov. 8 to cast a ballot in person, rather than mailing in an absentee form.

Those who missed last Friday’s deadline to register can also do same-day registration at any of the one-stop voting poll sites. Residents needing to register that day must complete the voter registration form and show proof of residency in the county, whether through a valid ID or a document showing their name and address (lease, utility bills, bank statements, pay stub, etc.)

Each county’s board of elections determine hours and dates for their precincts. New Hanover County and Brunswick County have up to 15 days of early voting at some sites, while Pender County has 14 days.

In New Hanover County, all five one-stop voting sites have the same hours. They will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Sundays from Thursday, Oct. 20 thtough Wednesday, Nov. 2. On Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4, they will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 5, their hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The five locations in New Hanover County are:

Government Center

230 Government Center Dr., Suite 34, Wilmington, NC 28403

CFCC Health Sciences Building

415 N. 2nd St., Wilmington, NC 28401

Northeast Regional Library

1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405

Senior Resource Center

2222 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403

Carolina Beach Town Hall

1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Brunswick County

A sign outside the New Hanover County Board of Elections on the first day of one stop absentee voting for the 2016 primary election. Photo by Hannah Leyva.
A sign outside the New Hanover County Board of Elections on the first day of one stop absentee voting for the 2016 primary election. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

In Brunswick County, there are 10 one-stop early voting sites – two each in Bolivia, Leland and Southport and one each in Supply, Oak Island, Shallotte and Carolina Shores.

For the following locations, the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Thursday, Oct. 20 to Thursday, Nov. 3. During that period, Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Leland Town Hall

102 Town Hall Dr., Leland, NC 28451

The Brunswick Center at Southport

1513 North Howe St. Suite 1, Southport, NC 28461

National Guard Armory

5050 Main St., Shallotte, NC 28470

At the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension, which is serving as an early voting site in lieu of the board of elections office, operating hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Thursday, Oct. 20 and ending Friday, Oct. Nov. 4. On Saturday, Nov. 5, the site will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Brunswick County Cooperative Extension

25 Referendum Dr. NE, Building N, Bolivia, NC 28422

The other six locations have limited hours and will be open for just nine days. Voting at the remaining Brunswick County sites will not start until Thursday, Oct. 27. They will be open every weekday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday, Nov. 3. On Saturday, Oct. 29, they will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their operating hours on Friday, Nov. 4 will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Leland Cultural Arts Center

1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland, NC 28451

St. James Community Center

4136 Southport Supply Road SE, Southport, NC 28461

Oak Island Recreation Center

3003 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465

Brunswick Community College

50 College Road, Bolivia, NC 28422

Holden Beach EOC

1044 Sabbath Home Road, Supply, NC 28462

South Brunswick Islands Center

9400 Ocean Highway 17 W, Carolina Shores, NC 28467

Pender County

Pender County has six one-stop voting locations. The county’s board of elections office will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays from Thursday, Oct. 20 to Thursday, Nov. 3. Their hours on Saturday, Oct. 29, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 4, they will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 5, they will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pender County Board of Elections

807 S. Walker St., Burgaw, NC 28425

At the two Hampstead locations, voters can stop by on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Thursday, Oct. 20, to Thursday, Nov. 3. Hours on Saturday, Oct. 29, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Pender County Annex Building

15060 US Hwy 17, Hampstead, NC 28443

Cape Fear Community College – Hampstead

621 NC Hwy 210 E, Hampstead, NC 28443

The other three locations in Pender County have operating hours of noon to 6 p.m. every weekday from Thursday, Oct. 20, through Thursday, Nov. 3. On Saturday, Oct. 29, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sites will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Maple Hill Volunteer Fire Department

115 N. Maple Hill Road, Maple Hill, NC 28454

Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department

19170 US Hwy 421, Willard, NC 28478

Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department

227 Scott Road, Rocky Point, NC 28457