The Daily Tar Heel
Printing news. Raising hell. Since 1893.
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 Newsletters Latest print issue

We keep you informed.

Help us keep going. Donate Today.
The Daily Tar Heel

Op-ed: How to vote in Orange County and find a polling place


If you are registered to vote in Orange County and did not early vote for Tuesday’s local elections, check your voter registration at (or go to and navigate to Popular Topics > voter search.)

Find your polling place under "Your Voting Locations" once you find your voter record, and go vote there on Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The same information should be on your voter registration card, if you have that. 

If you have moved from the address on your voter record but still reside in Orange County, still go to the polling place on your voter record, check in and report your new address. All university housing — including Granville Towers — is in the same precinct, so if you have moved within a dorm or to another dorm, the precinct official will update your address and you can vote. 

If your new address is in another precinct, you will have the option of getting an election day transfer form and taking it to your new polling place by 7:30 pm, or you can ask to vote a provisional ballot and vote at the polling place listed on your voter record. All UNC housing is in the UNC Precinct, for which the election day polling place is the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on campus.

Alternatively, if you are registered to vote in Orange County but have moved, you can look up where your new polling place is at and go directly there. Your address will be updated and you will vote a provisional ballot.

What if you are registered to vote in Orange County but go to the wrong polling place? The election official will encourage you to go to the correct polling place, but you can ask for a provisional ballot and still vote at the polling place you are at. If you can get to the correct polling place by 7:30 p.m., however, that’s best.

What is a provisional ballot? A provisional ballot is used to allow a person to vote while their registration is researched and address updated. It’s a regular ballot, but the precinct election official will fill out an envelope for you to sign and place your ballot in, and the envelope with the ballot will be placed in a special box. 

All provisional ballots are sent daily to the county elections office, reviewed by county election staff and county board of elections members and will be counted on Nov. 16 or 17. If the reason for a provisional ballot is an address change to another precinct or a voter voting at the wrong polling place within their county of registration, over 95 percent are approved for counting.

– Gerry Cohen, member of the Wake County Board of Elections and former Chapel Hill Town Council member

To get the day's news and headlines in your inbox each morning, sign up for our email newsletters.