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What to know when voting on Election Day [Free read]

Voters line up in the light rain outside the New Hanover County Arboretum on the second day of the early voting period. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna F. Still)

With one day left before Election Day, voters who missed out on early voting should be aware of key pieces of information before heading to the polls.

First, Election Day voters must be already registered to vote. Check your voter registration ahead of time.

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Once you’ve determined you’re registered to vote, find out your designated polling place. On Election Day, you must vote at your designated polling place, which is based on your residential address.

After looking up your name through the N.C. State Board of Elections’ voter search tool, select “election day polling place.”

View your sample ballot after determining which precinct you live in, which you can determine by selecting “jurisdiction” under the voter search tool. Check out sample ballots in Pender County, Brunswick County, and New Hanover County.

All polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Provisional, absentee ballots

When you arrive at the polls, you will be asked for your name and address. You will not be required to show a photo ID or any other form of identification. If your name is not on the voter list, you may request a provisional ballot, according to the state board of elections. Check the status of your provisional ballot about 10 days after the election through the SBE’s provisional search tool.

If voting by mail, absentee ballots must be postmarked by 5 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted. Ballots must be received by Nov. 12, per a 5-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Wednesday. The court sided with a settlement agreement between the state board of elections and a Democratic voting rights group, and rejected arguments from Republicans who opposed the settlement.

The settlement and the upheld ruling extends the deadline the state may accept ballots by six days because of Covid-19 and recent mail delays.

Voter resources

Port City Daily published two voter guides featuring short-hand responses from a majority of candidates in the commissioners and school board race. Both are free to read:

Catch up on free candidate interviews and other election coverage.

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