VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED IN 28 COUNTIES, INCLUDING SAMPSON
Legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Roy Cooper this week extends the regular voter registration deadline in 28 counties most affected by Hurricane Florence to 5 p.m. Monday, October 15.
The 28 counties are: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson.
The registration deadline remains 5 p.m. October 12 in all other North Carolina counties.
See map of voter registration deadlines by county here.
The State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement has set up a special website, https://www.ncsbe.gov/florence, to provide information about voting in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
“We do not want this devastating storm to keep people from voting,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, State Board executive director. “Voters may cast ballots by mail or in person during the early voting period or on Election Day. We hope voters take advantage of the option that works best for them at this difficult time.”
Eligible individuals who miss the regular registration deadline may still register and vote in their county of residence during the in-person early voting period, which runs from October 17 through November 3. Voters who register and vote at the same time must provide proof of residence. More information on same-day registration is here.
The State Board also wants to remind voters of their voting options in North Carolina. Any registered voter may:
- Vote by mail (no excuse is needed) by requesting an absentee ballot by October 30;
- Vote during the in-person early voting period at any one-stop early voting site in their county from October 17 through November 3; or
- Vote at their precinct on Election Day, November 6.
All registered voters may check their registrations and 2018 sample ballots using the State Board’s Voter Search tool.
For more information on the voter registration process contact the Sampson County Board of Elections Office at (910) 592-5796.