4 Steps to Early Voting in Wake County

Photo courtesy of YouCanVote.org
Photo courtesy of YouCanVote.org

Standing in line on Election Day (Tuesday, November 8) is not the only way to vote. Between October 20 and November 5, there will be 10 days to vote early. And you can do it at any of 20 locations throughout Wake County! Whether you have tight work hours, a long commute, can’t get out, or simply do not like to stand in line on Election Day, Early Voting is an excellent option.

Here’s a summary of what you need to know about early voting in Wake County:

  1. Make sure you register to vote before October 14, 2016, which includes the following requirements:
    • Be a citizen of the United States
      (if convicted of a felony, complete your full sentence for citizenship rights must be restored – details).
    • Be a legal resident of Wake County for 30 days by Nov. 8, 2016.
    • Be 18 years of age.
      – if need be, you can register in person after 10/14 at the Early Voting Locations provided you have an approved proof of residence.
  2. Check the Wake County Board of Elections website for a sample ballot (after late August) so you can see who you’ll be voting for, and do your research in advance.
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  3. Find an early voting location close to you:  SEE BELOW FOR LOCATIONS
    Or click to see where Wake County Early Voting locations are spread throughout Wake County – note their different operating days and times.
    NOTE: You are not required to use the location closest to your home – it can be near work or any other Wake County location!
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  4. At this point, there is no longer a requirement to take a picture ID to vote, however, that may be the case in future elections. The matter is under appeal in the Courts.These 8 Early Voting centers operate October 20 through October 26:
    Apex Community Center 53 Hunter St. Apex
    Avery Street Recreation Center Annex 201 Avery St. Garner
    Chavis Community Center 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Raleigh
    Eastern Regional Center 1002 Dogwood Drive Zebulon
    Herbert C Young Community Center 101 Wilkinson Ave. Cary
    Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Road Raleigh
    Northern Regional Center 350 E. Holding Ave. Wake Forest
    WE Hunt Recreation Center 301 Stinson Ave. Holly Springs

    And those 8 Early Voting centers above operate at these times
    on each day 10/20-26:

    Day Date Start Time End Time
    Thursday October 20 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Friday October 21 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday October 22 8:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday October 23 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
    Monday October 24 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday October 25 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday October 26 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

    These 20 centers operate October 27 through November 5:

    Abbott’s Creek Community Center 9950 Durant Road Raleigh
    Apex Community Center 53 Hunter St. Apex
    Avery Street Recreation Center Annex 201 Avery St. Garner
    Chavis Community Center 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Raleigh
    Eastern Regional Center 1002 Dogwood Drive Zebulon
    Falcon Park Hut 105 Falcon Drive Fuquay-Varina
    First Baptist Church 209 Church St. Morrisville
    Green Road Community Center 4201 Green Road Raleigh
    Herbert C Young Community Center 101 Wilkinson Ave. Cary
    Knightdale Recreation Center 101 Lawson Ridge Road Knightdale
    Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Road Raleigh
    North Carolina State University
    Creative Services Building
    1220 Varsity Drive Raleigh
    Northern Regional Center 350 E. Holding Ave. Wake Forest
    New Bethel Baptist Church 605 E. Young St. Rolesville
    Optimist Community Center 5900 Whittier Drive Raleigh
    Triangle Christian Center 11100 Fellowship Drive Raleigh
    Wake Technical Community College Main Campus Physical Education Building 9101 Fayetteville Road Raleigh
    WE Hunt Recreation Center 301 Stinson Ave. Holly Springs
    Wendell Community Center 601 W. Third St. Wendell

    And all these 20 centers above operate at these times on each day 10/27 – 11/15:

    Day Date Start Time End Time
    Thursday October 27 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Friday October 28 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday October 29 8:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday October 30 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
    Monday October 31 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday November 1 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday November 2 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday November 3 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Friday November 4 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday November 5 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

    Wake County Board of Elections Office (downtown)

    If you choose to vote early using the Wake County Board of Elections office in downtown Raleigh, that location has its own opening & closing times:

Wake County Board of Elections Main Office 337 S. Salisbury St. Raleigh
Day Date Start Time End Time
Thursday October 20 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Friday October 21 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday October 22 8:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Sunday October 23 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Monday October 24 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday October 25 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday October 26 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Thursday October 27 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Friday October 28 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday October 29 8:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Sunday October 30 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Monday October 31 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday November 1 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday November 2 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Thursday November 3 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Friday November 4 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday November 5 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

 

More details are on the Vote at an Early Voting Location page of the Wake County Board of Elections site. If you want, you can vote on election day or use an absentee ballot if neither of those dates and times work for you!

Whatever you do, please vote the best way you can. It matters – your vote is your voice.

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