Before early voting for the May 8 primary election comes to Chapel Hill Monday, polls opened Thursday morning at the Orange County Board of Elections office in Hillsborough.
The ballot includes local, state and federal offices as well as a referendum on Amendment One, the proposed N.C. legislation defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
“We’re hoping for a large turnout, but I really don’t know how many we’re going to get,” said Tracy Reams, Orange County Board of Elections director.
Reams said early voter turnout generally depends on the issue.
Four other early voting and registration stations will open Monday in Orange County, including one on the second floor of Rams Head Dining Hall.
The Rams Head polling station will be open during the next two weeks, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The fact that it’s Rams Head Dining Hall really encourages (voting),” said senior Jeff DeLuca, an intern for Protect N.C. Families, a get-out-the-vote group opposing the amendment.
“That’s the place where everyone on South Campus eats, so there’s really no excuse not to vote. We’ve been encouraging people to bring their friends, make it a social thing,” he said.
Those who missed registration deadlines can still register to vote at one-stop early voting sites. DeLuca said on-campus students only need a OneCard to register at Rams Head.