Early voting for Orange County's municipal elections is right around the corner, starting on Oct. 16, and there's still time to register or switch your county of registration.
Offices for Chapel Hill Mayor, Chapel Hill Town Council, Carrboro Board of Aldermen, Carrboro Mayor and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Board of Education are up for election on Nov. 5.
According to the Orange County Board of Elections, to vote, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- A resident of North Carolina and Orange County for 30 days before the election
- At least 18 years of age
- Not registered and not voting in any other county or state.
The deadline for registering to vote is 25 days before an election, but those who miss the deadline can register and vote during the one-stop early voting period with proof of residency.
The N.C. Voter Registration Application is available on the Orange County Board of Elections’ website. The application must be printed and signed, then dropped off or mailed to the board's office.
Those who are already registered in their hometown can transfer their registration to Orange County. Rachel Raper, director of Orange County Board of Elections, said you can cancel a previous registration at the bottom of the voter registration form, and the office will alert the voter's previous location.
“I believe it is important for everyone to exercise their right to vote," Raper said in an email. "Voting is the only way to have a voice in how you are governed."
Sarah Roakes from Salisbury and Morgan Stott from Polk County, first-year students at UNC, are not registered to vote in Orange County.