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Early voting in NC begins Thursday; Forsyth County introduces app to help you avoid lines

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Early voting begins Thursday in North Carolina and counties are striving to make it easier than ever to get your vote cast. If you’re in Forsyth County, a new app will help you plan to avoid the lines before you leave your home.

“Early voting is becoming a growing trend, phenomenon in terms of voting,” said Tim Tsujii, director of Elections in Forsyth County.

For the first week, voters hoping to cast their ballots early will be limited to the Forsyth County Government Center in downtown Winston-Salem, which will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Then on Oct. 27, all 17 of their remote sites will be opened, with various hours.

“We typically experience high-volume turnout on the first and last day of early voting,” Tsujii said.

This year, the county is launching what they’re calling a “wait time tracking system,” similar to what they use at Disney World to keep track of wait times for attractions. The voter at the back of the line will be handed a card, which they will then give to the worker at the check-in counter. The poll workers will simply press a start and stop button, which will then relay the information to a map on their website. Voters can then click on the various locations throughout the county to look at the wait times.

“It’ll allow voters to find out what is the most convenient site to them,” Tsujii said.

If you’ve yet to register, no worries. Counties statewide offer same-day registration during the early voting period. All you’ll need is a valid form of identification. If you don’t have an ID, you can use some form of official document, such as a utility bill or bank statement.

“Something with their name and current address in order to fulfill the proof of residency requirement,” Tsujii said.

Officials will also offer curbside voting for residents who are unable to make their way inside.

College students living on campus who have not registered will need to bring a student ID, along with an official housing letter.

The voting process is universal state-wide. In Guilford County, if you wish to vote early during the first week you’ll have to go to the Old Courthouse in downtown Greensboro. After that, they’ll be opening all 25 of their early voting locations.

Early voting lasts for 17 days, ending on Nov. 5.

Early voting locations:

  • Guilford County
    • Guilford County Board of Elections - 301 W. Market Street, Greensboro (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Forsyth County
    • Forsyth County Board of Elections Office - 201 N. Chestnut St., Winston-Salem (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Rockingham County
    • Eden Library - 598 S. Pierce St., Eden (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
    • Madison Mayodan Library - 611 Burton St. (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
    • Rockingham County Board of Elections Office - 240 Cherokee Camp Road, Reidsville (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
    • Salvation Army Community Center - 708 Barnes Street, Reidsville (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
  • Randolph County
    • Archdale Community Services Building - 213 Balfour Drive, Archdale (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
    • Hillside Shopping Center - 1003 S. Fayetteville St., Asheboro (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
    • Randleman Community Center - 144 W. Academy Street, Randleman (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
    • Randolph County Office Building - 725 McDowell Road, Asheboro (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Alamance County
    • Court Services - 201 W. Elm Street, Graham (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Caswell County
    • Caswell County Board of Elections - 140 Main St., Yanceyville (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Davidson County
    • Davidson County Board of Elections - 945 N. Main St., Lexington (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
  • Stokes County
    • Stokes County Board of Elections - 1012 Main St., Danbury (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Surry County
    • Surry County Board of Elections Office - 201 E. Kapp St., Dobson (8:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Davie County
    • Davie County Board of Elections Office - 161 Poplar St., Mocksville (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Want more information? View the North Carolina Board State Board of Election's one-stop site locator here.