To vote absentee, voters need to fill out a request form and turn it in by Feb. 25. Orange County no longer accepts faxed or emailed forms, so voters must mail the form to P.O. Box 220, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or hand deliver it to 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough. All absentee ballots are due to the Orange County Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on March 3.
You must be registered to vote in Orange County to participate in the county's primaries. You can fill out the voter registration form and hand it to the Orange County Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on Feb. 7. If you miss that deadline, you can also register during the early voting period by bringing valid ID and voting on the same day.
Do I need a voter ID?
No. On Dec. 31, a federal district court struck down North Carolina’s voter photo ID law. Attorney General Josh Stein said in a Jan. 2 news release that the North Carolina Department of Justice will appeal the ruling. However, the N.C. Department of Justice won’t request that it take effect before the election to avoid confusion.
What are the stakes?
North Carolina is a key swing state in the presidential election, and many of our statewide elections are competitive, especially the governor and U.S. senate races. Our congressional and senatorial elections will help decide which party controls Congress.
This year, North Carolina voters will choose all 13 congressional representatives in new voting districts. A state panel of judges struck down the 2018 maps and ordered new ones, which the General Assembly approved in November. The Democrats challenged the maps soon after, but the panel upheld them in December. Experts predict the new map will narrow the Republicans’ advantage from 10 seats to eight.
North Carolina voters will also elect a U.S. senator, a race POLITICO’s nonpartisan 2020 Election Forecast characterized as a “toss-up.”
Incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis R-N.C. faces three primary challengers: Paul Wright, Sharon Hudson and Larry Holmquist. Five Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination, including state senator Erica Smith and Army veteran Cal Cunningham, who was endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
All 170 seats of N.C. General Assembly’s are also up for election in 2020, and the winners will draw North Carolina’s voting maps for the next decade – which may include an extra congressional district. According to an Election Data Services report, 2019 Census population data suggests that North Carolina will gain a 14th congressional seat.
Here’s a list of statewide and local candidates.
The Constitution Party:
- N.C. Sen. Erica D. Smith (D-Beaufort)
- U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis R-N.C., incumbent
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
- Rep. David E. Price, incumbent
The Constitution Party
- Gov. Roy Cooper, incumbent
- N.C. Rep. Holly Grange (R-New Hannover)
N.C. LT. GOVERNOR
- N.C. Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe)
- N.C. Rep. Yvonne Lewis Holley (D-Wake)
- N.C. Rep. Chaz Beasley (D-Mecklenburg)
- Hoke County Commissioner Allen Thomas
- N.C. Sen. Andy Wells (R-Alexander and Catawba)
- Mark Johnson, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction
N.C. ATTORNEY GENERAL
- Anthony Wayne (Tony) Street
N.C. COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
- Jenna Wadsworth, Wake County soil and water conservation district supervisor
N.C. COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE
N.C. COMMISSIONER OF LABOR
- Jessica Holmes, Wake County Commissioners chairperson
- N.C. Rep. Josh Dobson (R-McDowell)
SECRETARY OF STATE
- Elaine Marshall, incumbent
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
- Keith A. Sutton, Wake County school board member
- N.C. Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union)
- Dale R. Folwell, incumbent
SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE SEAT 01
- Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, incumbent
- Associate Justice Paul Newby
N.C. SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE SEAT 02
- N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Lucy Inman
- N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Phil Berger, Jr.
SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE SEAT 04
- Justice Mark Davis, incumbent
N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE SEAT 04
- District Court Judge April C. Wood
N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE SEAT 05
- Superior Court Judge Lora Christine Cubbage
- District Court Judge Fred Gore
N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE SEAT 06
- Judge Chris Dillon, incumbent
N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE SEAT 07
- Judge Reuben F. Young, incumbent
- Superior Court Judge Jeff Carpenter
N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE SEAT 13
- Judge Chris Brook, incumbent
- District Court Judge Jefferson G. Griffin
N.C. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 23
- N.C. Sen. Valerie P. Foushee (D-Chatham, Orange), incumbent
N.C. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 050
- N.C. Rep. Graig R. Meyer (D-Caswell, Orange) , incumbent
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 056
- N.C. Rep. Verla C. Insko (D-Orange), incumbent
Orange County voters will elect new county commissioners, school board members and district court judges this year.
Four of seven county commissioner seats are up for election, and all four incumbent commissioners are running for reelection. Four of the Orange County School Board’s seven seats are also up for election, but only Vice Chairperson Tony McKnight is running for reelection.
N.C. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 15B SEAT 02
- Samantha H. Cabe, incumbent
N.C. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 15B SEAT 03
N.C. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 15B SEAT 04
- Sherri Murrell, incumbent
N.C. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 15B SEAT 05
- Beverly A. Scarlett, incumbent
ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AT-LARGE
- Mark Marcoplos, incumbent
ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 01
ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 02
ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION
- Tony McKnight, incumbent vice chairperson