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Here’s what students need to know about voting in the primary election

Early voting will begin Feb. 13 and run through Feb. 29. The location closest to campus voters will be at Chapel of the Cross next to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

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Super Tuesday is right around the corner, and Carolina is working to make it easier for all Tar Heels to be able to cast their ballots.

“There’s a lot of local, state and federal issues that matter to students, like how much money is going to be available for college loans. So, students have a vested interest in the primary,” said Aaron Bachenheimer, Carolina’s executive director of off-campus student life and community partnerships. “The students have the opportunity to have their voices heard in these elections.

Here are a few things to know ahead of the March 3 election:

Early voting

Early voting will begin Feb. 13 and run through Feb. 29. The location closest to campus voters will be at Chapel of the Cross next to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, but early voters can choose between several voting sites throughout the county. Because inclement weather caused the voting sites to shut down early on Feb. 20, the Orange County Board of Elections scheduled additional voting hours at all early voting sites from noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23. 

On Feb. 27 and 28, buses will transport students to and from Chapel of the Cross for early voting between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Day-of voting locations

The University will host an on-campus polling location at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Students living in the residence halls will be able to cast their votes at the Stone Center on March 3.

Students living off-campus should report to their designated polling location. Each voter’s assigned polling location is listed on their voter registration card and can also be found on the Orange County Board of Elections website.

Voter Registration

For students planning to vote on March 3, the last day to register is Feb. 7.

If you miss that deadline and/or plan to vote during the early voting period, same-day voter registration will be available at all early voting locations.

Photo ID is not required

Voters will not be required to show photo identification for the primary election, but identification that shows proof of county residence is required to register to vote. For more information on voter requirements, visit the State Board of Elections website.

For more campus voting resources and information, visit the UNC Student Affairs website.