Voting Rules Update: Early Voting

Cary, NC – With the recent federal Circuit Court ruling undoing North Carolina’s 2013 changes to the laws surrounding voting rules, CaryCitizen will lay out the current rules over the next few months to make it easy for you to understand what to do come election day.

Early Voting

If you want to vote in the 2016 election and don’t want to fight the crowds on Tuesday, November 8, there are two weeks of early voting you can now take advantage of as a result of the court ruling.

While you have a specific precinct you will need to vote at on Election Day, for early voting you can to go to the Herbert C. Young Community Center at 101 Wilkinson Ave. in Cary, though there are many other sites across Wake County.

Previously, the Wake County Board of Elections had determined that the first week of early voting would only be available at their center. But after work from Cary’s staff and Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, early voting will be available at the Herb Young Community Center starting Thursday, October 20, 2016.


For early voting from Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, November 5, 2016, the times are:

Oct. 20 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Oct. 21 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Oct. 22 – 8:30 AM to 2 PM

Oct. 23 – 1 PM to 5 PM

Oct. 24 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Oct. 25 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Oct. 26 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Oct. 27 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Oct. 28 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Oct. 29 – 8:30 AM to 2 PM

Oct. 30 – 1 PM to 5 PM

Oct. 31 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Nov. 1 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Nov. 2 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Nov. 3 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Nov. 4 – 9 AM to 7 PM

Nov. 5 – 9 AM to 1 PM

If you are not already registered to vote, you can also register when you go to early voting. You will need to show a form of identification to register. Those are:

  • NC driver’s license
  • Other government photo ID with name and current address
  • Utility bill, bank statement, or payroll stub with name and current address
  • Student photo ID with a school document showing the student’s address
  • Any document from any government agency with the voter’s name and current address

Candidates Forum

In the local area, there will also be several candidates forums coming up for districts that may pertain to Cary residents.

Western Wake Board of Education Forum (Districts 8 and 9)

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, 7 PM

Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church

200 High Meadow Dr.

Cary, NC

Eastern Wake Board of Education Forum (Districts 1, 2 and 4)

Thurday, October 6, 2016, 7 PM

St. James United Methodist Church

3808 St. James Church Rd.

Raleigh, NC

Wake County Board of Commissioners (Districts 4 and 6)

October 13, 2016, 7 PM

Shaw University, Estey Hall Auditorium

118 E. South St.

Raleigh, NC

At the forums, candidates will be asked questions by both the sponsoring organizations and the audience. Registration is encouraged but not required.

CaryCitizen does not take a stance on elections or endorse candidates but we encourage everyone who is able to go out to vote and make their voice heard.


Story by staff reports. Photos by Keith Ivey and Steven Depolo.