When you vote for candidates who support strong public schools, you’re also voting to create healthy, successful communities. Strong public schools benefit everyone!
The early voting period lasts until Saturday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. During the early voting period, you can register and vote on the same day at one-stop early voting sites. When registering and voting on the same day, you need to affirm your eligibility to vote by reading and signing the NC voter registration application provided. You also need to provide proof of where you live by sharing one of the following with your current name and address:
- North Carolina driver’s license.
- Other photo identification issued by a government agency that includes your current name and address.
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing current name and address.
A current college/university photo identification card and proof of campus habitation. The NC Board of Elections website has more information for college students about registering to vote.
Every county in North Carolina has early voting “one-stop” voting sites. You can find the one-stop locations in your county through the NC Board of Elections site. During the early voting period, you can vote at any one-stop location in your county. This makes early voting especially convenient and is very different from election day (November 8) when you must vote at your assigned location. A one-stop voting location may be close to your workplace, your child’s school, or simply close to a favorite shopping place.
The most comprehensive early voting hours are
- Weekdays 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.,
- Saturday 8 p.m.-3 p.m., and
- Sunday 1 p.m-6:00 p.m.
But counties and even locations within counties vary. Some counties do not have Sunday early voting, others limit weekend voting to the last Saturday (11/5), and still others close at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Be sure to check the hours for your specific county and location by searching for your county’s one-stop locations and clicking on a specific site.
Before you head out to vote, check your sample ballot and research your candidate options. Races at the federal, state, and local levels will have a massive impact on education over the coming years, so it’s important to select carefully.
Read our fact sheet on elections and education for a description of various roles and how they influence education in N.C.