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June 30
Exhibit Showcasing History of Voting in Wake County to Open at Raleigh Museum

As the Wake County Board of Elections (BOE) looks ahead to the presidential election in November, it is also looking back at its rich voting history. On Friday, July 1, an exhibit highlighting the electoral history of the county and the nation will open to the public for the first time at the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum in downtown Raleigh.

"The Wake County Board of Elections is excited to partner with the City of Raleigh Museum to share this exhibit with the public," said Wake County Board of Elections Director Gary Sims. "Citizens will have an opportunity to learn about our rich voting history, while preparing to vote in the November election."

Museum visitors will experience the evolution of voting in the county by viewing election artifacts, including literacy tests that citizens were required to take to register to vote in the early 1900s, a voter registration book from 1950 and an automatic voting machine known as the "Lever Machine."

Children can learn about the history of voting by taking part in hands-on activities. They can visit a mock voting area where they will have the opportunity to cast their "vote" on a demo ballot and then place it into a tabulator. Kids can also participate in educational games such as "Election Bingo" and "Unscrambling the Election Words."

The free exhibit will remain on display through July 31. The COR Museum is located at 220 Fayetteville St., downtown Raleigh.

Board of Elections staff will provide voter outreach at the museum on Friday, July 1, and Monday, July 4. The staff can help citizens:

  • Register to vote;
  • Update names or addresses on voter information forms;
  • Learn about voter ID requirements;
  • Discover election volunteer opportunities; and learn about voting options, including on Election Day at your polling place, absentee-by-mail voting and early voting.

BOE staff will be available to assist citizens with questions about the election process on Friday, July 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday, July 4, from noon to 6 p.m.

The museum is open Tuesday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1–4 p.m. For more details about this event and any voting information in Wake County, visit the Wake County Board of Elections website.





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