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What you need to know about registering to vote

North Carolinians must be registered to vote by Oct. 14 in order to vote on Election Day in November.

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Today is National Voter Registration Day.

If you are planning to vote on Election Day in the upcoming election — for U.S. Congress, North Carolina General Assembly and judicial races — you must be registered to vote by Oct. 14.

To register to vote in North Carolina:

When mailing your form, please remember to postmark it no later than the deadline of Oct. 14. Forms can be mailed from any mailbox, including the U.S. Post Office located on the third floor of the UNC Student Stores by the South Road entrance.

You can also download the voter registration form to register to vote in other states.

One-stop early voting in North Carolina (including Orange County) begins Oct. 20, and ends at 3 p.m. on Nov. 5. You can register to vote and vote in-person at the same time during this period, but you can’t vote on Election Day if you are not registered by Oct. 14.

The early voting location closest to campus for Orange County voters will be Chapel of the Cross (304 East Franklin Street, next to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center). The University will send more information about early voting locations, dates and times, as well as information on requesting an absentee ballot soon.

If you have questions about your residency or voter registration generally, visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections website or democracy.unc.edu.