Early voting for local elections in Orange County starts Oct. 19 at the Orange County Board of Elections office and on Oct. 23 at the Carrboro Town Hall, Seymour Senior Center, and Chapel of the Cross. Early voting will end on Nov. 4 and Election day is Nov. 7.
Gerry Cohen, a former legislative aid for the NC General Assembly, said this year in Orange County is the longest early voting period for municipal elections.
“Two years ago there were only 10 days allowed, under state law, rather than 17 days because of legislation passed by the general assembly in 2013, but it was struck down in court so we’re back to a 17 day period,” Cohen said.
According to the Orange County Board of Elections, early voting will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Board of Elections office and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the rest of the locations.
Cohen said in recent years the voting records have increased with more sites and voting hours available — creating more chances for the community to vote. Orange County has 22 percent more early voting hours than Raleigh and Cary have.