The deadline to register to vote has been extended until Wednesday in 36 eastern North Carolina counties due to disruptions from Hurricane Matthew.
The deadline was extended three business days in counties receiving assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the wake of the hurricane. The deadline had originally been set for last Friday. Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ordered the extension.
Orange County was not included in the extension, but same-day registration during the early voting period will still be available in the county.
“A lot of people were told to evacuate as the hurricane approached North Carolina, and there are still a lot of people without power,” said Dave Miranda, spokesperson for the N.C. Democratic Party. “Many people are unable to return to their homes, and those people should have an opportunity to register to vote.”
Jen Jones, spokesperson for Democracy NC, said the extension helps those who were unable to register due to the timing of the storm and post office delays. She said many postal workers were unable to commute to work, and post offices in some counties were flooded.