NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – In response to the emergency order of the NC State Board of Elections Executive Director Brinson Bell on July 17, 2020, the New Hanover County Board of Elections held a special meeting regarding the previously-approved 2020 General Election One-Stop Voting Implementation Plan. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the additional steps and actions necessary to ensure compliance with the emergency order, which requires a one-stop location for every 20,000 registered voters in a county.
During this meeting the New Hanover County Board of Elections unanimously approved an amended 2020 General Election One-Stop Voting Implementation Plan that included three additional sites. These additional sites ensure New Hanover County Board of Elections is in compliance with the state’s order.
The updated list of One-Stop sites in New Hanover County are:
The One-Stop (also known as “early voting”) voting period begins on Thursday, October 15 and ends on Saturday, October 31. All sites will have weekday hours (Monday-Friday) from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition, the One-Stop sites will have weekend hours of noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, Sunday, October 18, Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. The final day of One-Stop voting, Saturday, October 31 all sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Early voting allows registered voters to cast an absentee ballot in person prior to Election Day at any One-Stop location, versus voting at their specific precinct on Election Day. Residents who are not registered in New Hanover County may also register to vote during the One-Stop early voting period at any of the 3 locations. Curbside voting will be available at all One-Stop sites for anyone unable to enter the voting location due to age, physical disability, and physical barriers encountered at the voting place.
“The New Hanover County Board of Elections has voted to modify the One-Stop Voting Implementation Plan for the 2020 General Election. The addition of three more early voting sites ensures that we are able to offer voters ample opportunity to vote in a safe and secure manner,” said Board of Elections Chair Thomas Pollard. “We hope that these additional sites will prevent long wait times throughout in-person voting, and will encourage greater turn out during the early voting period.”
The New Hanover County Board of Elections is currently reviewing every aspect of the elections process to determine what changes will be made to ensure safe, accessible and secure voting for all voters in New Hanover County during COVID-19.
There are three voting options for voters to cast a ballot: absentee by-mail, in-person early voting, and Election Day voting. View details on each of these voting methods at NHCvote.com.