If a voter has lived in their county for at least 30 days before Election Day, they can register to vote in that county during early voting. To register, a voter must bring proof of their current place of residence.
For UNC students living in on-campus housing, this proof of residence can be a physical UNC One Card, since UNC provides the county board of elections with a list of people living in on-campus housing before voting begins.
For people not living in on-campus housing, proof of residence can include a driver's license with their current address on it, other photo ID that has the current address, a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government-issued document with the voter's name and current address listed.
The voter registration application given to voters at the polling place once they provide proof of residence is available in both English and Spanish.
For more information, visit the N.C. State Board of Elections website on same-day registration.
What to bring once you're registered, or if you already are
Voter ID is newly required in this election. UNC One Cards also count as a valid form of voter ID — but only the physical plastic card, regardless of its active status. Driver's licenses, U.S. passports and other state-issued IDs can also be used, as well as military or veteran IDs issued by the federal government.
Those who wish to vote but do not have a valid form of ID can visit the Orange County Board of Elections at 208 S. Cameron St. in Hillsborough from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to receive an ID free of charge.
If a voter chooses to vote on Election Day — Nov. 7 — but does not have a valid ID, they can fill out a form attesting that there was some kind of impediment to them obtaining the ID or bring a valid ID to the county board of elections before 5 p.m. on Nov. 16.
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Ethan E. Horton
Ethan E. Horton is the 2023-24 city & state editor at The Daily Tar Heel. He has previously served as a city & state assistant editor and as the 2023 summer managing editor. Ethan is a senior pursuing a double major in journalism and media and political science, with a minor in history.