If you haven’t registered to vote and plan on voting in-person on Election Day, Nov. 3, remember that registration closes Friday at 5 p.m. for in-person requests, and requests by mail must be postmarked Oct. 9 or earlier.
For those who miss the deadline, there are still options available via absentee ballot and one-stop voting.
Early in-person voting runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31. Eligible voters can register and vote in person at one-stop sites during that period. Same-day registrants will need to attest to their eligibility and provide proof of residence.
Absentee ballot requests must be in the office by Oct. 27. The voted ballot must be returned to the office by Election Day, Nov. 3, or postmarked Nov. 3 and in the office by Nov. 6.
Voting on the last day of early voting, Oct. 31, ends at 3 p.m.
Existing customers on the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles can choose online voter registration.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, many voters are turning to distancing options for voting. At the start of this week 1,193,857 North Carolinians had requested absentee ballots. More than 359,000 ballots had been returned.
To be eligible to vote in Jackson County you must be a U.S. citizen; must have resided here at least 30 days before the election date; be at least 18 year of age or turn that age by the date of the election; and not be serving a felony conviction, which includes probation, post-release supervision or parole.
Early voting sites are as follows:
• Cashiers Recreation Center, 355 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers;
• Cullowhee Recreation Center, 88 Cullowhee Mountain Road, Cullowhee;
• Jackson County Board of Elections Office, 876 Skyland Drive, Sylva;
• Qualla Community Building, 181 Shoal Creek Church Loop, Whittier;
• Western Carolina University, 245 Memorial Drive, Cullowhee.
Hours from Oct. 15-Oct. 31 are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 and 24, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 31.
For more information go to https://jcncelections.org/ or call 586-7538.