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Election Day: Where to go and when

It’s election day in North Carolina.

Polling places will be open until 7:30 p.m. and officials with the state board of elections say any voter in line at their assigned polling place by that time will be able to vote.

The busiest times tend to be early in the morning and just before the polls close, so officials with the North Carolina State Board of Elections say voters can avoid longer lines by voting at off-peak times.

You do not need your voter registration card or an ID to vote. Those unsure where they should cast their ballot can use the voter search option on the NCSBE website —

Absentee ballots must be post marked by November 8. They will be counted as long as they arrive by 5 p.m. on November 14.

Military ballots must be received by November 17.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to