Voter registration, party change deadline approaching

02.12.2016

The deadline to register or change one’s party affiliation before the primary is Friday, Feb. 19, and residents should take this time to review their polling place location as some locations have moved.

Voter registration forms must be in the Brunswick County Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on Feb. 19, or must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 19. This includes voters wishing to register for the first time and voters wishing to change their party affiliation.

Voters can check their registration at https://enr.ncsbe.gov/voter_search_public/. Registration forms are available on the Brunswick County website at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/elections/application.

Information about Election Day polling places, including a list of those that were relocated this year, is available at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/elections/precincts.

One-stop voting begins Mar. 3 and continues through Mar. 12. The primary is on Tuesday, Mar. 15. To view an interactive, smartphone-compatible map with one-stop locations and hours, go to http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/elections/one-stop-locations/.

Residents can vote early at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland; The Brunswick Center, 1513 North Howe Street Suite 1 in Southport; the National Guard Armory, 5050 Main Street in Shallotte; Brunswick Community College, Administration Building (A), 50 College Road in Bolivia; or the South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway West in Carolina Shores. These locations are open:

Thursday March 3 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday March 4 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday March 5 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday March 6 CLOSED
Monday March 7 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday March 8 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday March 9 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday March 10 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday March 11 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday March 12 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Residents can also vote early at the Brunswick County Board of Elections Office, 75 Stamp Act Drive NE, Building H, in Bolivia. One-stop voting will be available here 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays from Mar. 3 through Mar. 11. This site will also be open Saturday, Mar. 12, 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Eligible individuals may register and vote during the one-stop early voting period. This “same-day registration” process is currently permitted due to a preliminary injunction granted under a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, but this option remains the subject of ongoing litigation in federal court. This option is only available during one-stop and not on election day.

Beginning this year most voters will need to show acceptable photo ID at the polls. For more information, including exceptions, visit www.voterid.nc.gov.

For more information about voter registration, one-stop voting, polling place relocations or the 2016 primary, visit http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/elections.