Early voting starts Thursday, what you need to know


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Some polling places were damaged in Matthew’s aftermath. This all comes just a day before early voting begins across North Carolina.

“Five of our six sites will be open starting tomorrow,” said Dana King, Lenoir County Board of Elections director. “We’ll open up number six if we possibly can.”

King said two of her largest voting precincts, Fallen Creek and Neuse, have no hope of recovering by November 8.

“Two precincts that (we) absolutely will not be able to use Election Day, they were flooded with probably five, six, eight, 10 inches of water in it,” King said.

She hopes with the help of the state board of elections and folks in the community she may be able to provide some support for those voters.

“We’re looking for mobile units or another place to move it,” said King.

Wednesday is the last day to register to vote in our state. While the deadline is Wednesday, all you last minute voters still have a chance.

Once early voting starts anybody can go to a one-stop location, register to vote and cast their ballot all in the same day. Just make sure you have all the necessary documents.

Pitt County Board of Elections director Dave Davis said, “There’s same day registration you can bring in an identification that has your current name and address, drivers license, utility bill, bank statement, that’s certain acceptable forms.”

The last possible day to register is Saturday, November 5. That’s when early voting ends. On Election Day you have to be registered to vote, no exceptions. North Carolina doesn’t have online registration so you have to either stop by the board of elections or mail in your forms.

With many roads slowly opening back up in Lenoir County, King hopes people will take advantage by going to any of the five early voting sites to cast their ballot before Election Day.

She said her job is to make sure they are able to vote despite being displaced.

“Wherever they go, we’re going to assist them,” said King. “They will be able to vote at whatever site they can get to the closest.”

ECU students who live on campus can just bring their student ID to one-stop voting, and volunteers should be able to get them registered.

“The state has allowed for university’s if they’re willing to provide the board of elections with a list of on-campus students and their on-campus residence and then they can just show their student ID,” Davis said.

As we mentioned, some polling spots across the east were damaged because of the wind, rain, or flooding.

Make sure to check on the condition of your local polling place before you head out. To do that, just call your county’s board of elections.


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