2019 Municipal Elections

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First-Time Voters

Step One: Register

Registering to vote requires completing a few steps, including a registration form for your voting county’s Board of Elections. Navigate to the next section here to get started with registering.

Step Two: Decide on Early, Absentee, or Election Day Voting

Voters in North Carolina have three ways to cast their ballots: voting early, submitting an absentee ballot, or voting on Election Day. The choice is yours, and you can find out more about each in these sections: Early Voting, Absentee Voting, and Election Day.

Step Three: Find Your Polling Station

On Election Day (October 8 or November 5), you’ll need to locate your polling station to cast your ballot.

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Voter Registration

Registering to vote is an exciting and important process in a democracy! If you’re registering to vote for the first time, or simply updating your previous registration, please take a few minutes to review the following:

Who can register to vote?

The following are the requirements for registering to vote in North Carolina:

  • You are a citizen of the United States of America
  • You are 18 years of age, or will be 18 years of age by the date of the next election. You may register to vote if you are 16 years of age or older, but you may not vote until you are at least 18 years old.
  • You have been a legal resident in the county where you will vote for at least 30 days before the date of the next election.
    • Election Day in Raleigh, Cary, and Durham is Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
    • Election Day in other Wake County communities is Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
  • You must not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or parole). If a prospective voter has previously been convicted of a felony, their citizenship rights must be restored. For more information on voting rights for those in the North Carolina criminal justice system, click here.

Out-of-State and Non-Local Students

The absentee ballot process is mandated by state and local boards or commissions. Out-of-state and non-local students are encouraged to check with their location’s board of elections or equivalent office to ensure they are following all policies and procedures for submitting an absentee ballot.

Consider voting in Wake County! If you’re an out-of-state student living in Wake County, we encourage you to consider registering to vote and participating in local, statewide, and general elections in North Carolina. Most students spend between 4-6 years in the area, so we invite you to exercise your voice here!

How do I register to vote?

Register to vote at Leadership and Civic Engagement
Our office is located at 4111 Talley Student Union. Feel free to stop by and our team can help you register to vote, and we will deliver your registration to the Wake County Board of Elections for you. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Click here for more information about our office.

Others Ways to Register

  1. Complete a voter registration form by clicking here.
  2. Print and sign the completed form.
    • Electronic signatures are not accepted
  3. Submit to the Wake County Board of Elections via the following avenues by September 13 at 5 p.m:
    • Drop your registration form by Leadership and Civic Engagement at 4111 Talley Student Union. We will deliver it!
    • Mail to the Wake County Board of Elections at
      Wake County Board of Elections
      PO Box 695, Raleigh, NC 27602
      • Mailed registrations will be accepted if dated by or before September 13, 2019
    • Email to voter@wakegov.com (see important notes below)
      • First-time registrants must turn in registration forms via the mail or in person
      • Scanned or photographed forms must be legible
      • Typed and electronic signatures are not accepted
    • Fax to 919-856-5864

When is the registration deadline?

All voter registrations must be completed no later than Friday, September 13, 2019 at 5 p.m. in order to participate in the fall 2019 municipal elections. Mailed registrations must be dated for September 13 or before.

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Municipal Elections Timeline

September 135 p.m.Voter Registration Deadline for October Municipal Election
September 18-October 4Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday from 1-6 p.m.
Early Voting period in Wake County
October 15 p.m.Absentee by Mail Request Deadline for October Municipal Election
October 8*6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.Election Day in Raleigh, Cary, and Durham*
October 115 p.m.Registration deadline for November Municipal Elections
October 295 p.m.​Absentee by Mail Request Deadline for November Municipal Election
November 56:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.Election Day for Angier, Apex, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon

*Durham will be having both a Municipal Primary and Municipal General Election. See more from the Durham County Board of Elections.

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Absentee Ballot Voting

Who can vote absentee?

All registered voters may vote absentee. Voting absentee is the process by which voters cast their ballots via the mail. Absentee ballots must be requested from your board of elections.

How do I vote absentee?

State law requires that voters submit the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form. Ballots must be delivered to your county Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on Election Day. The final day to request an absentee ballot this fall is October 1, 2019.

Where do I request an absentee ballot form?

Click here to request a form and find out more information about voting absentee.

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Early Voting in Wake County

Residents of Wake County may vote at any early voting location during the early voting period. More information about early voting in the 2020 general election will be updated in late 2019.

One-Stop Registration

Early voting is commonly also called “One-Stop (Early) Voting.” This is because individuals may register and vote at the same time during the early voting period. If you plan to register and vote during the early voting period on location, you will need proof of residency including any of the following documents:

For more information about the requirements for participating in one-stop early voting, please see this notice from the State of North Carolina.

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Election Day

  • November 5 Elections: Angier, Apex, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon.
  • Election Day Polling Sites: Individuals who vote on Election Day must vote at their designated polling location. Find your polling site here.
  • Election Day Times: 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Sample Ballots: Find your sample ballot here

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News and Voter Guide Resources

Pack the Polls maintains are page with news articles, resources, and other publications as resources to voters and visitors to the site. The resources are not endorsed as reflections of the coalition, nor are they necessarily associated with NC State University. To view the compilation of resources for the 2019 municipal elections, click here.

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