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Early voting for November election begins statewide

Posted October 14, 2010

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— The November election begins in earnest Thursday, when one-stop early voting locations open statewide.

To encourage more people to register to vote and cast their ballots, North Carolina and other states have offered early voting for several years. The system is also called "no excuses" voting because it provides several opportunities other than on Election Day for people to go to the polls.

One-stop voting is available weekdays and Saturdays through Oct. 30 – three days before the Nov. 2 election – in all North Carolina counties. Some counties will also have Sunday hours for voting.

Most counties statewide will hold one-stop voting at the local board of elections office, the county government building or the public library in the county seat. Urban counties like Wake, Durham and Cumberland will also open satellite voting sites during the week of Oct. 25.

The State Board of Elections has a complete list of one-stop early voting sites in North Carolina, including dates and hours of operation.

The election also presents most North Carolina voters with their first instant runoff.

Thirteen people are running for an open seat on the state Court of Appeals, and the instant runoff, which asks for voters to select their three top choices for the post, will determine a winner without holding a runoff election in December.

Under the system, if no candidate wins outright based on the first-choice votes, elections officials count the second- and third-place votes for the top two candidates to determine the winner.


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  • pamelaking125 Oct 15, 2010

    Why bother voting anymore the next one going to say the same junk, no more taxes, we the people and all the fancy stuff, stop sugar coating the problems. We the people need someone that is for the people. One of our own a true North Carolina person, a real family person and someone that is truly from N.C. and feels our lose and our hurt and knows what is like to lose your house and try to feed your families after your check has been taxed to death. Enough is enough, we the people by the people, yes our forefathers wrote that and fought for it. Now we stand here and watch it go down the drain. LOL the same thing they doing in office if we tried that on the street we be locked up in prison. One more thing, I think the public should have the right to vote on bill, laws and etc. before it is passed by our Gov. I truly don't remember voting on offshore oil drilling off our state, 3 mile off coastline, do you? I don't want to go to the beach and look at a oil rig 3 miles off my coast for vac

  • CuriousT Oct 14, 2010

    I find it interesting that Obama is given soooo much credit (good and bad) for everything that's happened so far........and ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIT or RESPONSIBILITY for anything that he had to VOTE ON when the Bush/Cheney folks were in office.

    Wow! I never saw that coming (she said tongue firmly in cheek).

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Oct 14, 2010

    can we vote out Bev yet? After she puts us right behind CA as the 2nd in line with the highest taxes come next year, maybe you guys will want to move her next election involvement up a year. thank goodness we're half way through her one and only term. however, that won't mean a thing this time next year. unemployment will go to 15-18% and crime will be out of control as people starve and become fed up with their leaders not doing anything to help them. where's my check Bev?

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Oct 14, 2010

    Never did care for this early voting, because, it gives the libs and its cronies, like ACORN, three additional weeks to cheat.

  • chuck1947 Oct 14, 2010

    Is any effort made to verify the eligibility of these "one stop voters"? I,ve heard for years about how the voters are checked out and the lists purged of voters who have moved or died. This is a load of wood. My son has voted for years in wake county and his name was never purged from the Wilson county lists, even after cales to the wake county board and my own efforts to the Wilson county board. As often as some people move within the county, it would easy to vote many times.
    There are so many holes in the election system in NC as to be laughable, if it the elections were't so close and the effects on our country and our individual lives so far reaching.

  • A Libertarian Oct 14, 2010

    jgil - Since you do not like oil companies, what do you suggest to use for energy, to power planes, trains and autos?

    I hear the far left complain about oil companies, but yet the first in line at gas pumps. Also, who do you guys hate american businesses so much?

  • jgilchr Oct 14, 2010

    Dump Big Oil Burr and Howard Coble!

  • princessdukedaisey Oct 14, 2010

    The right choice was President Obama. He is doing a great job regardless of the complainers.

    What exactly has he done great? Did I miss something? I mean, other than tripling the national dept, borrowing more money, mandating government run healthcare, unemployment going up by the day, supporting illegal aliens being here…ummm… which one of those is a ‘great’ job.

    Oooohhh…I get it now. You meant he’s done a great job playing golf, and spending the tax payer’s moneys on ‘much’ needed vacations, and sitting on his behind while the American people suffer. My bad..it’s all very clear to me now.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Oct 14, 2010

    I would question Burr getting a 100.

  • ger Oct 14, 2010

    GOP good for complaining...low on ideas