Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents who missed Friday’s voter registration deadline need not worry. Beginning Thursday, voters will have another chance to register to vote in Orange County — and can cast their ballots while they’re at it.
One-stop early voting begins Thursday for Orange County municipal elections and lasts until Nov. 5, excluding some weekend days. Early voting gives residents the chance to avoid Election Day chaos by visiting one of four polls in Carrboro, Chapel Hill or Hillsborough.
“Those people who missed the registration deadline can go in and do a same-day registration during the early voting period, which isn’t available on Election Day,” said Tracy Reams, director of Orange County Board of Elections.
One-stop early voting closest to campus will take place at University Square, replacing the Morehead Planetarium location.
Reams said early voting has become more popular in recent elections because a greater number of voters have recognized its convenience.
According to the Orange County Board of Elections, one-stop early voting accounted for about 20 percent of voter turnout in both Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s 2009 municipal elections.
Reams said voter turnout is higher during presidential election years, like in 2008, when more than 51 percent of voters opted to vote early.
But candidates for both Chapel Hill Town Council and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen said they are working hard to motivate people to vote early.
Chapel Hill Town Council candidate Jason Baker said he has been reminding voters about the change in early voting venue.