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Can I still vote after Election Day?

Si Cantwell
StarNews
Election official Mike Snyder, left, helps voter Donald James feed his ballot into a voting machine at Williston Middle School  in Wilmington, NC on election day. Staff Photo By Mike Spencer

An election official helps a voter feed his ballot into a voting machine. StarNews file photo by Mike Spencer.

Q. I’ll be out of town until Wednesday, May 7. Will I still be able to vote?

A. Afraid not.

North Carolina’s 2014 primary election is Tuesday, May 6. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., and if you’re standing in line to vote at 7:30, you’ll be allowed to vote.

The deadline to register to vote is 25 days before an election.

If you had known you would be out of town and you were registered to vote, you could have gotten an absentee ballot.

You would have had to submit the request for an absentee ballot by mail by 5 p.m. the Tuesday before Election Day.

Or you can download one here:http://www.ncsbe.gov/ncsbe/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsBallotReqFormv112013.pdf.

The absentee ballot must be returned to the county Board of Election by 5 p.m. on Election Day.

So if you know you’re going to be out of town on Tuesday, Nov. 4, you can either participate in the early voting period Thursday, Oct. 23, through 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, or request an absentee ballot by mail before Oct. 28 and return it by Election Day.

Find out more at the N.C. Board of Elections home page.

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