Early Voting Begins Thursday Morning, See One-Stop Times, Locations and Ballots

Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm

images-1By Jesse Wood

Early voting in the general election begins on Thursday at 8 a.m.

For most of the first week in Watauga County, early voting is confined at the Administration Building (beside the courthouse) on King Street. Starting on Oct. 27, early voting will move out into the other one-stop sites on the App State campus, Blowing Rock, Deep Gap, Meat Camp and Cove Creek.

In Avery County, the only one-stop voting site is the Avery County Board of Elections office within the Avery County Courthouse in Newland. Early voting ends Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Note that if you didn’t register to vote by the Oct. 14 deadline, you can still same-day register to vote during the early-voting period. However, you may not vote on Election Day.

Whenever the Fourth Circuit of Appeals struck down the Voter ID law, the elimination of same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting was reinstated. All Voter ID law requirements are out of the window.

According to NCVoterGuide.org, your identifying document must be one of the following:

  • a NC driver’s license
  • photo ID from a government agency
  • student photo ID with a school document showing the student’s address or
  • a utility bill, bank statement, payroll stub, or document from any government agency with your name and current address
  • and more

Can’t make it to the polls in person? The last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

See the hours of operation, locations of one-stop sites for Avery and Watauga counties below. For more info, call Watauga County Board of Elections at 828-265-8061 or click here and call Avery County Board of Elections at 828-733-8282 or click here.

Early Voting in WATAUGA COUNTY

Administration Building at 814 West King Street:

  • Thursday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Oct. 21: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 24 to Friday, Oct. 28: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Nov. 4: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blowing Rock Town Hall, Deep Gap FD, Meat Camp FD, Western Watauga Community Center & App State Plemmons Student Union:

  • 27 to 28: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 31 to Nov. 4: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Early Voting in AVERY COUNTY

Avery County Board of Elections office

  • Thursday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Oct. 21: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 24 to Friday, Oct. 28: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Nov. 4: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

See SAMPLE BALLOTS:

Avery County

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Watauga County

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