Wake County

Early voting starts Thursday in Wake County. Here’s what you need to know.

Early voting for Wake County municipal elections begins Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. The election is Nov. 7.
Early voting for Wake County municipal elections begins Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. The election is Nov. 7. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Voters in Raleigh and 10 other Wake County towns can go to the polls starting Thursday, when early voting kicks off ahead of the Nov. 7 election.

In Raleigh, voters will choose between incumbent Mayor Nancy McFarlane and challenger Charles Francis. McFarlane didn’t win a majority of the vote in the Oct. 10 election, and Francis called for a runoff.

There are also municipal elections for Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon.

Where can I vote early?

Until Nov. 1, the only place to vote early is the Wake County Board of Elections office at 337 S. Salisbury St. in downtown Raleigh. You can vote at this site starting Thursday on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 4, you can vote from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Are there more polling sites?

Yes. From Nov. 1 to 4, you can vote at six other sites – five in Raleigh and one in Garner. You can vote in any municipal election at these sites, regardless of where you live and which election you’re voting in.

▪ Roberts Community Center, 1300 E. Martin St., Raleigh: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1-3 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4.

▪ Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults, 1901 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1-3 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4.

▪ Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road, Raleigh: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1-3 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4.

▪ Method Road Community Center, 514 Method Drive, Raleigh: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1-3 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4.

▪ Green Road Community Center, 4201 Green Road, Raleigh: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1-3 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4.

▪ Avery Street Recreation Center Annex, 201 Avery St., Garner: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4.

Why don’t all the towns have early-voting sites?

Any municipality can provide early-voting sites, but it must pay for them. The Raleigh City Council decided earlier this year to offer its own early voting sites at the cost of about $92,500 for two rounds of voting.

Didn’t I just vote this month?

Raleigh and Cary both require candidates for local elected office to receive a majority of votes to win outright in October. If that doesn’t happen, there can be a runoff election in November. In other Wake County municipalities, candidates only need to win more votes than the runner-up, so a second round of voting isn’t necessary. That’s why those towns wait until November.

Why should I vote early?

If you aren’t sure what precinct to visit on Election Day, you can show up at any early-voting site and cast a ballot. Same-day registration and address changes are also available at early-voting sites. That’s useful if you’ve moved recently, and especially useful if you’ve moved between towns – say, from Garner to Raleigh – since the last election. Also, lines tend to be shorter than on Election Day.

To find out your Election Day voting site for Nov. 7, go to http://bit.ly/2gTKm8S.

Who’s running for office?

A lot of people. See a complete list of candidates at http://bit.ly/2zisESZ.

Do I need to show my ID to vote?

No.

Gargan: 919-829-4807; @hgargan

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