During early voting you can vote in any one of the six Chatham County sites

By Bill Crawford

Pittsboro, NC – Here are a few additions to a recent Chatham Chatlist informative post on early voting.

While you are required to vote on your own precinct on Election Day, November 3, during early voting you can vote in any one of the six Chatham sites.

The open registration period that ends October 9 is a simpler one than during early voting and I would recommend doing it now. During that time, the Board of Elections uses either your NC Driver License number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number to verify your residence in Chatham and complete your registration. During the one-stop registration/voting during early voting (not on Election Day), the same process will require you to provide picture ID and proof of residence (like a utility bill with name and address on it).

Registration forms can be had at the Board of Elections Office, which is in the shopping center on Thompson St., behind the Andys and Dominos restaurants on East St. in Pittsboro, a mile east of the traffic circle. Their phone is 919-545-8500.

Finally, the Chatham voter turnout will probably be similar to 2016, or 80% – highest in the state. If you wait until the last four days of early voting, you will encounter a long line. I encourage you to utilize the first five or six days of early voting to avoid this.

Absentee ballots must be requested by October 27, but I would suggest you apply for one earlier. Applications can be mailed or brought personally to the Board of Elections. Completed absentee ballots can be mailed in, delivered personally or dropped off during early voting at the voting site.

Absentee ballot requests and registration forms are also available at the Republican headquarters on 56 Sanford Rd. in Pittsboro, next to The Mod restaurant.