If you are worried about the possibility of long lines on Election Day, there are 14 other days during which you can head to the polls.
One-stop early voting starts Oct. 20 and continues through Nov. 5, with a total of 14 days, including two Saturdays, during which voters can cast ballots prior to the Nov. 8 general election.
“I think there will be plenty of opportunity (to vote),” said Onslow County Board of Elections Director Rose Whitehurst.
In Onslow County, the Board of Elections office at 4024 Richlands Highway in Jacksonville will be open each of the early voting days on Oct. 20-21; Oct 24-29; and Oct. 31-Nov. 5. The hours for the Board of Elections site will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Starting Oct. 27, three other early voting locations will open in the county: Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center at 100 Recreation Lane; Swansboro Rotary Civic Center at 1104 Main Street Ext.; and Verona Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 3876 Wilmington Highway.
“There will be two weeks of early voting, and during the second week all four locations will be open,” Whitehurst said.
The three additional sites will be open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each weekday and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 5, the close of early voting.
The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 14; but if you miss the deadline, you will have one last opportunity to do so during the early voting period.
“Once early voting is over, there won’t be another chance to register (for this election),” Whitehurst said.
If you do plan to register on site, be sure to bring a form of identification and proof of current address. Identification is not required for voters who are already registered.
Whitehurst said early voting has become increasingly popular, particularly during big elections such as a presidential election year.
She said the last presidential election drew large numbers to the polls, including many who came out early to vote.
“About half of the total number of people who turned out to vote came out during early voting,” Whitehurst said.
In Carteret County, there will be five sites open for early voting: Carteret County Board of Elections office in Beaufort; Western Park Community Center in Cedar Point; Morehead City Parks and Recreation in Morehead City; Fort Benjamin Recreation Center in Newport; and Davis Fire Department in the Down East community of Davis.
All of the sites except the Davis location will be open during the early voting dates from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The Davis site will be open noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be no early voting on Sundays.