More and more people are getting out the vote in Brunswick County—here’s how you can safely and efficiently

10.21.2020

More and more people are getting out the vote in Brunswick County—here’s how you can safely and efficiently

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – It’s a record year for elections in Brunswick County, with more than 23,000 absentee ballots sent to voters from the Board of Elections and nearly 23,000 voters who have already cast their ballot during one-stop early voting for the 2020 General Election.

As of Oct. 21, voters in Brunswick County can still vote one of three ways—but deadlines are approaching for some of these options.

With increased numbers of voters heading to the polls, it’s important to plan ahead before you go. Here are a few tips for those who plan to vote during one-stop early voting (now through Saturday, Oct. 31) or on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3):

  • Line lengths fluctuate throughout the day, so wear comfortable shoes and bring a chair if you have difficulty standing for long periods of time
  • Stay hydrated and well—bring a water bottle and snacks in case the wait is a little longer than expected
  • Looks like rain or sun? Consider bringing an umbrella or a handheld fan to stay cool or dry

Here are a couple of other reminders to help you vote as seamlessly as possible:

  • Curbside voting is available at all one-stop and election day polling places, but is only eligible for voters who, because of age or disability, cannot enter the polling place. The term disability includes voters who have a medical condition that puts them at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Each polling place will have a marked parking spot for curbside voting.
  • Voters returning an absentee ballot to an early voting site are not required to wait in line since they do not need to check in to receive a ballot and voting spot. Voters with absentee ballots are encouraged to follow directions at the early voting sites to return their ballot to save space in line for those choosing to vote via one-stop early voting.

Voters and visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings and should follow the Three Ws when inside or outside the polling location.

  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public (Make sure both your nose and mouth are fully covered and you are able to breathe normally while wearing it)
  • Wait six feet apart to avoid close contact and maintain appropriate social distancing between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer while also following other best hygiene practices

Here is a quick overview of how you can vote and what steps you need to take to vote using one of these options. If you have questions about any of these options, contact the Board of Elections at 910.253.2620 or email elections@brunswickcountync.gov

The Board of Elections also has information online about these options and answers to frequently asked questions at brunswickcountync.gov/elections/

Absentee Voting

  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot: Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.

You can easily request your ballot through a secure online portal in minutes.  Full details on how to request, vote, and return your absentee ballot to the Board of Elections are at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/elections/absentee/

How to return your absentee ballot:

  1. By mail (return envelope is provided with ballot), postmarked on or before Election Day, and received by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12
  2. By commercial courier service (DHL, FedEx, or UPS) – must be delivered to our physical address
  3. In person at your county Board of Elections office (Building H) by 5 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3
  4. In person or at an open early voting site from October 15-31. Voters returning a ballot to an early voting site can bypass the line and follow directions at the early voting sites to return their ballot

One-Stop Early Voting

  • When can I vote early?: Thursday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 31

One-stop absentee voting (commonly known as early voting) allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person on select days prior to Election Day. Unlike on Election Day, when registered voters can only vote at their specific precinct, one-stop voting allows registered voters to vote at any one-stop absentee voting site in the county. One-stop sites will have all the ballot styles for a given election at each site.

There are seven one-stop early voting locations open in Brunswick County. See the full list of locations and their schedules at brunswickcountync.gov/elections/onestop/

Election Day Voting

  • When is Election Day?: Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Election day polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. To find your polling place, look up your voter record. Visit our Precincts & Polling Places page for a full list of polling places.

For this election, the Board has voted to relocate seven polling places.  Most of these changes were made due to the need for a larger facility to accommodate proper social distancing. All affected voters will be mailed a voter card notifying them of the change.

  • Precinct 1 (Hood Creek) – relocated from the Sandy Creek Town Hall to All Souls Episcopal Church, 5087 Blue Banks Loop Road, Leland
  • Precinct 2 (Leland) – relocated from the Leland 5th District Community Building to Lincoln Elementary School, 1664 Lincoln Road NE, Leland
  • Precinct 8 (Southport 2) – relocated from Brunswick Community College Southport Center to Southport Elementary, 701 W 9th Street, Southport
  • Precinct 13 (Shallotte) – relocated from the Town of Shallotte Fire Department to West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road NW, Shallotte
  • Precinct 15 (Grissettown) – relocated from the National Guard Armory to the Shallotte Commons Shopping Center located at 5051 Main Street, Suite 4, Shallotte
  • Precinct 16 (Shingletree 1) – Relocated from the Sea Trail’s Property Owners Association to Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, 250 Pea Landing Road NW, Ash
  • Precinct 19 (Shingletree 2) – relocated from Southwest Brunswick Branch Library to the Brunswick Center at Calabash, 10050 Beach Drive SW, Calabash

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For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County now requires appointments for in-person visits.

Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033