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Want to cast your ballot early? Polls close Saturday to early voters

Early voting will close Saturday at 3 p.m. ahead of Tuesday’s midterm election. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — Early voting for the 2022 midterm elections will officially wrap this weekend in North Carolina.

Until Saturday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m., voters can go to any polling place in their county to register and cast their ballot in one stop. On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, only registered voters will be able to submit ballots in their precinct from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (check your polling location here).

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On the ballot this midterm season is one seat for U.S. Senate and 14 for the House. Several state offices, including the general assembly, supreme court and court of appeals, local judges and prosecutors, are open.

Local races include county offices, such as sheriff, commissioners, and school boards.

As of Friday, Nov. 4, 43,719 people voted in New Hanover County, with numbers neck-and-neck between Democrats, 14,669, Republicans, 14,741, and unaffiliated voters, 14,165. Totals also show 141 Libertarian votes and three with the Green Party. The Northeast Library has received the most one-stop tallies, nearing 15,000 ballots cast.

Brunswick County has had 42,149 ballots turned in so far, with the heaviest trafficked area in Leland. Republicans are tracking with 17,464 votes, Democrats coming in at 10,266, and unaffiliated voters with 14,329. Libertarians have 92, with one Green Party vote.

In Pender County 10,864 voters have turned out; however, its board of elections does not reveal numbers by party or location.

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Statewide, over 1.7 million ballots have been tabulated so far, almost half of the 3.75 million total votes cast in the 2018 midterm elections. The 2022 breakdown by registration status in North Carolina is below:

PartyVoters Who Voted*Turnout*

Port City Daily has been running candidate questionnaires — the paywall has been dropped — so voters know where they stand on important issues.

Sample ballots can be accessed here to understand what to expect ahead of voting; there is no requirement to show an ID to vote. Also, it’s the first year unincarcerated felons can vote in the state.

If registering at an early voting site, be sure to bring ID and proof of address, as shown on a:

  • Current utility bill
  • Paycheck
  • Government photo ID
  • Bank statement showing name and address
  • Current college or university ID, paired with proof of campus habitation

Below are locations open for early voting in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties.

New Hanover County


  • Northeast Library, Board of Elections, 1241-A Military Cutoff Rd.
  • CFCC Health Sciences and Learning Center, 415 2nd. St.
  • Carolina Beach Municipal Building, 1121 Lake Park Blvd.
  • CFCC North Campus, 4500 Blue Clay Rd.
  • Senior Center, 2222 S. College Rd.


  • Nov. 4, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 5, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brunswick County


  • Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland
  • Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513 N Howe Street, Unit 1, Southport
  • Brunswick Center at Shallotte, 3620 Express Drive, Shallotte
  • Southwest Brunswick Branch Library, 9400 Ocean Highway West, Calabash


  • Nov. 4, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 5, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Pender County


  • Pender County Cooperative Ext., 801 S. Walker St., Burgaw
  • Pender County Annex Building, 15060 US Hwy 17, Hampstead
  • Atkinson School Gym, 200 N. Town Hall Ave., Atkinson


  • Nov. 4, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 5, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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