A sign directs voters to the polling location for Yancey County’s Burnsville Precinct on July 17. The precinct is Yancey County’s largest. Hank Shell/Carolina Public Press

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Originally posted Sept. 21.

Are you registered to vote for the Nov. 6 general election?

As of Sept. 20, there were nearly 2.8 registered Democrats in the state, followed by more than 2 million Republicans, more than 1.6 million unaffiliated voters and more than 16,300 Libertarians. That makes nearly 6.5 million registered voters in the state, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.

If you want to be sure you’re registered, change your affiliation or are curious when one-stop absentee voting begins, the N.C. State Board of Elections offers this calendar to help you get through the election season:

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Oct. 12, 5 p.m. – Voter registration deadline for the Nov. 6 General Election. Forms must be postmarked or delivered in person by 5 p.m. today.

*Individuals who miss the registration deadline may register in person and then vote at one-stop voting sites in the person’s county of residence during the one-stop absentee voting period (Oct. 18 – Nov. 3). In order to register during a one-stop period, the applicant must show acceptable proof of name and residence in the county.

Oct. 18 – One-stop absentee voting begins for the General Election; modified full-time county board offices remain open five days each week.

Oct. 30 – Last day to request absentee ballots in writing (exceptions due to sickness or disability).

Nov. 3 – One-stop absentee voting ends.

Nov. 5, 5 p.m. – Deadline to request absentee ballots for sickness/disability is 5 p.m.

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Nov. 5, 5 p.m. – Absentee ballots must be received in county board of elections office by 5 p.m. If mailed, returned absentee ballots will still be timely if postmarked on or before Election Day, and received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Nov. 6 – General Election Day – polls open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16 – Canvass Day for county boards of elections.

Angie Newsome

Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at anewsome@carolinapublicpress.org.

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