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November 05
​Get Ready to Vote on Nov.6

Tomorrow is Election Day for the 2018 general election. To help make each voter’s experience as seamless as possible on Nov. 6, the Wake County Board of Elections has important information to share with residents before the polls open.

  • With 95 different ballots across the county, registered voters should go to their assigned polling place to receive the correct ballot, which is based on their home address.
  • Voters who aren’t sure where their polling place is or want to view a sample ballot can find both and more here.
  • Residents cannot register to vote on Election Day.

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Any voter there before 7:30 p.m. will have the opportunity to vote as long as they are standing in line.

What is the timeline for Election Night?

Typically, after the polls close at 7:30 p.m., you will see the first unofficial results posted online before 8 p.m. These returns are the results for absentee by mail and early voting.

Precinct officials will begin auditing and inventorying all items as they close the polling place. Next, the tabulators will be brought to the Board of Elections. This entire process can take 3-4 hours.

It is anticipated that the first returns from the Election Day precincts will be posted online at approximately 10:30 p.m. Depending on the length of a line at 7:30 p.m. and the distance from the Board of Elections, it may take an hour or more after 10:30 p.m. to return all the tabulators and post the unofficial results.

Wake County is a very large county with 204 Election Day precincts, and the unofficial results will be posted as quickly as possible. Our goal is to have all unofficial results reported online by 11:30 p.m.

To get a glimpse of what happens on Election Night, view our video, Making Sure Your Vote Counts in Wake County.

For more information, contact the Wake County Board of Elections at 919-856-6240 or visit ReadytoVote.com.


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