Early Voting In New Hanover County Starts October 15th

Early Voting In New Hanover County Starts October 15th

Early Voting In New Hanover County Starts October 15th Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 13 October 2020 17:32

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY -  Early voting begins Thursday October 15th in New Hanover County.

The New Hanover County Board of Elections has unanimously approved a One-Stop Voting Implementation Plan for the 2020 General Election consisting of six early voting sites. The One-Stop (also known as “early voting”) voting period begins on Thursday, October 15 and ends on Saturday, October 31.  All sites will have weekday hours (Monday-Friday) from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition, the One-Stop sites will have weekend hours of noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, Sunday, October 18, Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. The final day of One-Stop voting, Saturday, October 31 all sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The One-Stop sites in New Hanover County are:
• NHC Government Center: 230 Government Center Drive, Wilmington in Suite 34 (on the west side of the building, facing College Road)
• Northeast Library: 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington
• Senior Resource Center: 2222 S College Road, Wilmington
• Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery at Cape Fear Community College: 200 Hanover Street, Wilmington
• Carolina Beach Community Center: 300 Cape Fear Boulevard, Carolina Beach
• McKeithan Center at CFCC North Campus: 4500 Blue Clay Rd, Castle Hayne

Early voting allows registered voters to cast an absentee ballot in person prior to Election Day at any One-Stop location, versus voting at their specific precinct on Election Day. Residents who are not registered in New Hanover County may also register to vote during the One-Stop early voting period at any of the six locations. Curbside voting will be available at all One-Stop sites for anyone unable to enter the voting location due to age, physical disability, and physical barriers encountered at the voting place.

"If you prefer to vote in-person, we encourage you to vote early during our One-Stop voting period in October, because it will help prevent long lines and crowded polls on election day,” said Board of Elections Chair Thomas Pollard. “The process for this election, including the sanitation and social distancing protocols, will be different than ever before. So the more people we can get to vote early at a One-Stop site or through absentee by-mail, the better. We want to ensure everyone is safe throughout election season, and we also want everyone to be able to vote. So we are balancing those two priorities and will be working over the coming months to further refine our plans."

The New Hanover County Board of Elections is currently reviewing every aspect of the elections process to determine what changes will be made to ensure safe, accessible and secure voting for all voters in New Hanover County during COVID-19.

There are three voting options for voters to cast a ballot: absentee by-mail, in-person early voting, and Election Day voting. View details on each of these voting methods at www.NHCvote.com

General Instructions

A person must be a registered voter in their North Carolina County of residence in order to request an absentee ballot. If not registered to vote in the proper county, a person must submit a voter registration application along with the State Absentee Ballot Request Form. The deadline to register to vote is 25 days prior to the date of the election. 

Completing the Form

The voter’s full name, residential address, date of birth and an identification number must be provided on this form. This information will be used to confirm your voter registration. In addition, this form must be signed by the voter or the voter’s near relative or qualified legal guardian. The absentee ballot request form may also serve as a voter change form; however, changes in voter registration may only be made by the voter.

Who may make a request for an absentee ballot

Either the voter or the voter’s near relative or qualified legal guardian may request an absentee ballot. A “near relative” is defined as the voter’s spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild. If a registered voter is a patient in any hospital, clinic, nursing home or rest home, it is unlawful for any owner, manager, director, employee, or other person, other than the voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian, to request an absentee ballot on behalf of the voter.

Proof of Identification

If the voter’s NC driver license number, NC DMV-issued identification card number, or last four digits of social security number is not provided, a copy of one of the following must be provided along with the request form:
- A current and valid photo identification.
- A document that shows the name and residential address of the voter: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.

Until further order of the court, voters are not required to show photo ID. The law was enjoined by a federal district court on December 31, 2019. This page will be updated if new information becomes available.
For more info, visit www.nhcgov.com

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