One-stop early voting for the Nov. 8 elections begins Thursday, Oct. 20, at eight polling sites across Cumberland County.
The early voting period will end on Nov. 5, according to the county Board of Elections website, Cumberland County elections website.
All voters have a choice of voting by absentee mail-in ballot, voting early or voting in person at their assigned polling site on Election Day.
Voters will decide races for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; N.C. Senate and House; N.C. Supreme Court (two seats) and N.C. Court of Appeals (four seats); and N.C. Superior Court judge and N.C. District Court judge.
In Cumberland County, voters will choose two members of the Board of Commissioners, three members of the Board of Education, a sheriff, the clerk of court, and two Soil and Water District supervisors.
In addition, Fayetteville voters will decide whether to approve changing the way City Council members are elected in a referendum on the Vote Yes Fayetteville initiative. City voters also will decide on three bond packages: $60 million for public safety improvements; $25 million for infrastructure updates; and $12 million for housing initiatives.
During early voting, ballots may be cast at any of the eight early-voting sites in the county, and would-be voters may both register and vote. This is different than on Election Day, when voters must vote at their assigned polling places.
Hours for early voting are 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday; 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24-28; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 29; 2-5 p.m. Oct. 30; 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 4; and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 5.
The eight polling stations are:
A voter must be a citizen of the United States, 18 or older, and a legal resident of Cumberland County for 30 days before Election Day. Registrants must rescind any previous registration in another county or state, and they must provide a North Carolina driver’s license number and the last four digits of their Social Security number.
U.S. citizens who live overseas — including members of the military and their spouses and dependents — have until 5 p.m. the day before Election Day to register to vote or request an absentee ballot.
The deadline to submit a request for an absentee mail-in ballot is Nov. 1 for the Nov. 8 general election, according to the Cumberland County elections website. An absentee mail-in ballot can be requested at the N.C. vote-by-mail portal. Members of the military and those serving overseas are included.
All registered voters in the county are eligible to vote by mail giving no excuse if they choose not to vote in person.
Information also is available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information for military members is at military voting assistance guide.
To apply for a mail-in ballot, the voter or the voter’s near relative or legal guardian must complete a request form that can be returned by mail or in person.
For the Nov. 8 election, the request form must be received by the county elections office by 5 p.m. Nov. 1.
The ballot must be marked in the presence of a notary public or two witnesses. The voter and the witnesses must sign the back of the ballot envelope and provide their full addresses.
Hand-delivered absentee ballots must be received by the county Board of Elections by 5 p.m. Nov. 8, Election Day. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked and received no later than the third day after the election.
To find out if you are registered to vote, go to Voter Search.
Find your polling site here.
Look for continued coverage of the Nov. 8 election from CityView at CityViewNC.com, including stories about candidates in key contests and information about the City Council districting referendum and city bond packages.