Early Voting and Same Day Registration
Early Voting is also known as "One-Stop No Excuse Voting"
Same Day Registration is available during the Early Voting Period for any Orange County citizen who qualifies to vote by residency within Orange County.
- Locations, Dates and Times for Early Voting
- Who may vote early?
- How do I vote early?
- When does Early Voting begin?
- What is Same Day Registration?
- What are Acceptable Forms of Identification?
Click here if you are interested in receiving your absentee ballot by mail, rather than voting in person.
Early Voting Information:
Please check back in September for Locations, Dates and Times for November 2013 Early Voting.
If you are a registered voter in Orange County you may vote early at any One-Stop Early Voting site in Orange County. If you are not yet registered but do live in Orange County you may complete a same day registration form and vote at an early voting site. Please see Same Day Registration below for information.
Appear at one of the designated One-Stop Early Voting sites during the Early Voting period. If you will be registering as well as voting, bring something that shows your name and current address.
Registered voters may also update their address and change vital information on their existing registration record at the One Stop Site. A voter isn't allowed to change their party affiliation during the One Stop Voting period. All party changes should be made by the time the registration books close - 25 days before each election.
Early Voting begins on the Thursday after the Registration Books close (19 days before the upcoming Election) and ends on the Saturday prior to Election Day (3 days before the upcoming Election.
Same Day Registration
A North Carolina resident who is qualified to vote in the upcoming Election (someone who has lived here or will have lived here 30 days by the date of the Election), but who misses the 25-day deadline for voter registration may register in their county of residence and vote at a One-Stop Site during the One-Stop Absentee Voting period. The process is sometimes referred to as “Same-Day Registration,” but it is important to recognize that it is not permitted on Election Day itself.
PLEASE NOTE: Same Day Registration does not apply to Second Primary Elections.
To use this process, a citizen must (1) go to a One-Stop Voting Site in the county of their residence during the One Stop Absentee Voting period, (2) fill out a voter registration application, and (3) provide proof of residency by showing the elections official an appropriate form of identification with current name and current address. The new registrant may vote ONLY at a One-Stop Absentee Voting Site in their county during the One-Stop Absentee Voting period.
Acceptable forms of identification include:
- A North Carolina driver's license with current address
- A utility bill with name and current address
- A telephone or mobile phone bill
- An electric or gas bill
- A cable television bill
- A water or sewage bill
- A document with name and current residence address from a local, state, or US government agency, such as:
- A passport
- A government-issued photo ID
- US Military ID
- A license to hunt, fish, own a gun, etc
- A property or other tax bill
- Automotive or vehicle registration
- Certified documentation of naturalization
- A public housing or Social Service Agency document
- A check, invoice, or letter from a government agency
- A birth certificate
- A student photo ID, along with a document showing the student's name and residence address
- A paycheck or paycheck stub from an employer or a W-2 statement
- A bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement
If you cannot supply an acceptable form of identification for Proof-of-Residence, your registration application cannot be fully processed until the required information is provided.