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Editorial: A voting explainer for UNC students

On March 3, North Carolina will vote in the primary election for both the Democratic and Republican nominations for President. In the run up to the election, many electoral policies and regulations have been changed or are unclear. The Editorial Board believes that voting is imperative, and thus we wanted to clear up a few confusing things about the election this year.

Polling place

In the past, UNC has been split into multiple precincts, which has caused a lot of confusion on Election Day about where you are supposed to vote. Luckily, this is no longer the case. 

As of this year, UNC has been consolidated into one super precinct, and all students will vote at a single location on Election Day, regardless of where you live on campus.

The new polling place is the Sonja Haynes Stone Center (150 South Rd). 

No matter what residence hall you live in, if you live on campus, you will vote at the Stone Center on Election Day. This only applies to students living on UNC's campus, not for those living in off-campus apartments or houses.

Absentee ballots 

If you’re not going to be at home on Election Day, you can still vote! You just need to request an absentee ballot in advance of Election Day. To do this, you can fill out an Absentee Ballot Request Form from the N.C. Board of Elections website and then mail it to your county board of elections.

You must do this by Feb. 25 to receive an absentee ballot for the March 3 primary elections. Otherwise, you will not be able to receive an absentee ballot, and you will have to vote in person at your precinct.

Early Voting

If you want to avoid long Election Day lines, vote early! Voting early is easier than it has been in the past. In particular, if you are a currently unregistered voter, you will be able to register to vote when you go to the polls. However, if you’d like to register in advance of the election, the deadline to do so is Feb. 7. Additionally, no photo ID will be required to vote early (or on election day) as a result of a 2019 court ruling.

Early voting will occur from Feb. 13-29 at any designated early voting polling place, which are listed on the Board of Elections website. Early voting locations in Chapel Hill include Chapel of the Cross, Seymour Center and University Mall.

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