How to vote in Raleigh on Oct. 8

Tuesday (Oct. 8, 2019) is Election Day!

Local elections tend to have a lower turnout than national elections, but city and town councils make decisions that shape your everyday life, from what gets built around the corner from where you live to the sidewalks, bike lanes and roads we use.  

Here’s how to cast your vote. 

☑️  Vote between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

☑️ You must vote in your precinct.You can check where you’re registered to vote here. The time to change your registration info (or register) has passed. This is a nonpartisan election, so your affiliation doesn’t factor in with what ballot you receive.

☑️ How it works: When you arrive, a poll worker will check your registration to ensure you receive the correct ballot. Then, you’ll take your ballot to vote.

☑️ You can wear a shirt, button, etc., supporting a candidate to go vote. You can’t yell “Vote for (insert candidate)!” More details on what you can and cannot do supporting a candidate near a voting location in this FAQ.

☑️ You can’t take a photo of your ballot or a selfie while waiting in line at the polls. But you can take that photo after you leave the voting location and share proudly that you voted with your “I Voted!” sticker (and tag us with #MakingRaleigh — because you’re making the Raleigh of the future when you vote!)

☑️ What you’ll vote for in Raleigh: One mayoral candidate, two at-large candidates and the candidate you want to represent your district. (Candidates answered your questions here, also excerpted below).

☑️ What you’ll vote for in Cary: You’ll vote on the seats up for re-election in Cary, which are for mayor, an at-large seat, and districts B or D (if you live in one of those districts). You’ll also vote on two bonds, a parks bond and a transportation bond. Read more about that here.

☑️ What happens next? If a runoff election is necessary, it will be on Nov. 5, the same date as local elections for municipalities Angier, Apex, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon.

☑️ How to follow elections results: News & Observer and INDY Week will be reporting elections results as the numbers are available, or you can check the results for yourself here.

We’ll share news (and #MakingRaleigh selfies!) on our Instagram and we’ll be back on Thursday with more context + a digest of post-election news.

MORE: Raleighites Agenda, our community-powered questionnaire to candidates.

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