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State Revises Starting Date for Early Voting for 2018 General Election

Post Date:08/09/2018 11:31 AM

The Chatham Board of Elections advises county voters of a change made by state officials in the early voting schedule after the county had included information on early voting in the August tax bills mailing. The state has specified that early voting will begin on Wednesday, October 17, instead of October 18.

“We included a yellow flyer in tax bills on early voting sites and schedules. All of the information provided is correct except that early voting (also called absentee one-stop voting) will start one day earlier than stated,” said Chatham County Elections Director Pandora Paschal.

Paschal said that the flyers were printed before new legislation required early voting sites to open on the third Wednesday before an election, instead of the third Thursday before an election. 

“The Chatham County Board of Elections has a high priority to disseminate accurate information, be transparent, and to ensure that all Chatham county citizens have the right to vote in fair and impartial elections,” Paschal said. “We wanted to let people know about this change as soon as possible.”

Early Voting Sites:

All Chatham County early voting sites will be open October 17 through November 3, 2018. They will have the following hours:

  • Mondays to Fridays, 7 AM to 7 PM
  • Saturdays, 8 AM to 2 PM
  • Sundays, closed

The four Chatham County early voting sites are:

  • Board of Elections Main Office, 984 D Thompson St., Pittsboro, NC 27312
    Behind “Miracle Ear”, which is adjacent to HWY 55 Burgers, off US HWY 64E Business
  • Northeast District Park, 5408 Big Woods Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    From US HWY 64 on the west side of Jordan Lake, take Big Woods Rd. north about 5 miles, park is on the right. Look for the “Vote Here” signs.
    From US HWY 15-501 north, turn left on Jack Bennett Rd. and then right on Big Woods Rd. The park will be on the left. Look for the “Vote Here” signs.
  • Earl B. Fitts Community Center, 111 S. Third Ave., Siler City, NC 27344
    Located between Braxton Manor apartments and the Paul Braxton Gymnasium.
  • Goldston Town Hall, 40 Coral Ave., Goldston, NC 27252
    Town hall is at the intersection of Coral Ave. and Bellevue St. 

Important 2018 General Election deadlines and dates are:

  • September 7, 8 AM: Absentee ballots must be available by this date 
  • October 12, 5 PM: Deadline to register to vote or update your registration for the General Election, but you can register to vote at the early voting sites after this date
  • October 17, 7 AM: Early voting begins
  • October 30, 5 PM: Deadline to request absentee-by-mail ballots 
  • November 3, 2 PM: Early voting ends
  • November 5, 5 PM: Deadline for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee (UOCAVA ) absentee ballot requests
  • November 6 Election Day: Polls open 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM
    Deadline at 5 PM for Board of Elections to receive absentee-by-mail ballots
    Deadline at 7:30 PM for Board of Elections to receive electronic UOCAVA absentee ballots.

For more information on the 2018 General Election in Chatham County, visit: