Weekend voting varies by county

Posted October 24, 2014

— Voters continue to line up at sites across North Carolina to cast ballots before the Nov. 4 election.

On the first day of early voting on Thursday, more than 8,300 people voted in Wake County alone, and lines stretched out of the county Board of Elections office and satellite early-voting sites on Friday.

People wishing to vote this weekend need to check with the local elections office, however, because there are fewer early-voting sites than in 2012 since there is no presidential election this year. Also, not all counties offer weekend hours for early voting.

Cumberland County, for example, doesn't have voting on either Saturday or Sunday, while Johnston County sites are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday but closed on Sunday.

Wake County has cut back its Saturday voting to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., while Durham County sites will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

On Sunday, people can vote from 1 to 5 p.m. in Wake County and from 2 to 6 p.m. in Durham County.

Early voting continues next week, ending on Nov. 1.

Other changes to be aware of this year:

  • There is no more same-day registration, so if you didn't register to vote by Oct. 10, you cannot vote.
  • Straight-ticket voting is no longer allowed.

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  • John Lobenstein Oct 26, 2014
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    Hey WRAL you do realize there are numerous other counties in central North Carolina beside Wake, and Johnston. Many of them have early voting AND Saturday voting at designated locations. For example we in Harnett County had several early voting locations this past Saturday (10/2/2014) that were open from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM.

  • Larry Matthews Oct 25, 2014
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    Correct me if I am wrong. I believe Gov. McCrory indicated that the total number of hours that was available for early voting was NOT going to be reduced. I voted yesterday in Cary and it took a total time of 45 minutes once I was in line.
    Less places open. Fewer days for early voting. Reduced or no hours on weekends for early voting. With these facts how can anyone claim that the total number of available hours for voting is the same. It just isn't true!

  • Michael Lashley Oct 24, 2014
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    I plan on voting this Sunday b/c it will save me the hassle of voting after work during the week, and I will be out of town Saturday! Thank you Wake County!