First-year Avery Baker plans to drive with her family over 100 miles outside Chapel Hill and drop off her absentee ballot at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections next week to vote in her first presidential election.
Months of researching local candidates within her area, coupled with the fear of not knowing whether her ballot will get lost in the shuffle of mail or be sent back to her, made the road trip an easy choice.
“I want my vote to count,” Baker said. “So, if I have to take that extra step to deliver it there myself, I will.”
With just three weeks left until Election Day on Nov. 3, Baker is one of 492,825 voters in North Carolina who have requested absentee ballots. Approximately 15,057 of those voters are registered within Orange County, according to data from the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
But students and faculty are also looking at other ways to vote. While some are sticking to mail-in ballots, others have decided to cast their ballot at a polling site, either before or on Election Day.