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Tuesday is the last day to request an absentee ballot [Free read]

Completed absentee ballot request forms must be turned in to local county elections offices by the end of business day Tuesday. (Port City Daily photo/Staff)
Completed absentee ballot request forms must be turned in to local county elections offices by the end of business day Tuesday. (Port City Daily photo/Staff)

SOUTHEASTERN NC—If you want to vote by mail in this year’s general election, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is quickly approaching.

Absentee requests must be received by your local county election board by Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m.

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Once processed, your county board of elections will deliver a ballot to your mailing address. Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m.

A recent lawsuit settlement involving the N.C. State Board of Elections outlines how county elections offices can accept completed ballots postmarked on time through Nov. 12; state law requires ballots to be received by Nov. 6. The case is likely to be appealed and its ramifications remain unknown.

As of Monday, the state had received more than 1.4 million absentee ballot request forms, more than six times as many as it received in the same timeframe during the 2016 general election. Statewide turnout is at 43% among all registered voters.

Completed absentee ballot request forms can be emailed to local county elections office to ensure voters receive a ballot by Election Day.

In the meantime, one-stop early voting is still underway. Early voting hours are available every day through Saturday, Oct. 31. Find out locations and hours in the Cape Fear region.

Polls will be open on Election Day, Nov. 3, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters must vote at their assigned precinct on Election Day. During early voting, voters may cast a ballot at any polling location in their given county.


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