Chatham County 2020 General Election Day guide

Pittsboro, NC – Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, and the Chatham County Board of Elections wants to inform voters of important information. Chatham County government recently experienced a cyber incident which affected the county’s network, office phones and emails. However, this incident did not affect Chatham County’s early voting process and will have no impact on Election Day. Here is some other key information:



When can Chatham County voters cast their ballot on Election Day?
Chatham County residents can vote from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on November 3, 2020.

Where can Chatham County residents vote?
Chatham County residents must vote at their assigned precinct on Election Day. If voters are unsure of their precinct, they can visit chathamnc.org/elections or call 984-900-5790.

What if voters missed the deadline to register for the general election in Chatham County?
The registration deadline for the general election was October 9, 2020. Residents also were able to register on the day they cast their ballot during early voting. There will be no voter registration on Election Day.

How many Chatham County residents cast their ballots during early voting?
During the early voting process October 15-31, Chatham County had the highest voter turnout in North Carolina at 74.7% with 43,358 ballots cast. Of those, 31,410 ballots were cast at one-stop early voting sites, and 11,948 absentee ballots have been cast as of November 1st.

For Chatham County residents who submitted absentee ballots, how can they make sure their ballot is counted?
Voters who submitted absentee ballots can track the status of their mail-in ballots through the N.C. Board of Elections.

Do residents need a photo ID to vote in Chatham County?
No. Chatham County voters do not need a photo ID to cast their ballot in the 2020 general election.

Can Chatham County residents vote for candidates of any political party of their choosing during the general election?
Chatham County voters may vote for candidates of their choice regardless of the party with which they are registered.

What is the Chatham County Board of Elections doing to keep people safe while voting during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The Chatham County Board of Elections is following the guidelines and procedures established by the State Board of Elections in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep election officials and voters safe during the election. These precautions include:

  • Masks available for voters who do not bring their own.
  • Single-use pens for voters to mark their ballots.
  • Single-use cotton swabs for voters using touchscreen ADA voting machines.
  • Enforced social distancing for all election officials and voters, including markings or barriers to prevent voters in line from standing too closely together.
  • Hand sanitizer for voters and election officials.
  • Masks, face shields, and gloves for election officials.
  • Protective barriers between poll workers and voters at check-in and ballot tables.
  • Special sanitation kits at each precinct to ensure clean tables, voting booths and voting machines throughout the voting process.
  • Professional sanitization of each voting location before and after use.
  • Additional workers at each voting location to assist with sanitization, line control, and curbside voting.
  • Voting booths will be sanitized after every voter at all stations.

For more information about the 2020 general election, individuals can visit the Chatham County Board of Elections website at chathamnc.org/elections or call call 984-900-5790.