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Everything you need to know to cast a vote in New Hanover County this election season

A sign outside the New Hanover County Board of Elections on the first day of one stop absentee voting for the 2016 primary election. (Port City Daily file photo / Hannah Leyva)

WILMINGTON — Election season is in full swing in the Cape Fear Region and there are several important dates and locations residents should know about if hoping to cast a vote in municipal elections this year.

All of the municipalities in New Hanover County have candidates running for election including Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach.

While election day is not until Nov. 7, absentee ballots became available last week and can be requested until Oct. 31.

For those who have not yet registered to vote, the deadline is Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. Registration can be completed at the DMV when eligible residents acquire a drivers license or at the New Hanover County Board of Elections office.

One-stop voting is an absentee voting method that allows residents to show up to a one-stop voting location before election day and cast votes according to their schedule.

One-stop voting hours for the 2017 municipal elections in New Hanover County (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY NHC)
One-stop voting hours for the 2017 municipal elections in New Hanover County (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY NHC)

For this election period, there is only a single one-stop voting location which is at the New Hanover County Board of Elections, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 34. One-stop voting ends on Nov. 4.

Although the last day to register to vote on Election Day is Friday, those who do not register before then are still able to cast a vote at the one-stop polling location. Same-day registration is permitted under state law and a full list of requirements can be found on the New Hanover County Board of Elections website.

“To use same-day registration, a person must complete a voter registration application and show an election official proof of residential address in the county.  This ‘proof of address’ may consist of a current and valid photo ID or a document showing the name and current address of the applicant. To be current, the document must be the most recent version or at least dated within three months of the date it is presented to an election official,” according to NHC BOE.

For those wondering what precinct they live in and what polling location to visit on Nov. 7, New Hanover County has an interactive list where residents can find their precinct information.

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