GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – Friday is the deadline to register to vote in most of North Carolina’s counties.
- Most voters won't need to do anything to vote in November, except if they've moved or are inactive voters
- The General Assembly voted to extend the Friday registration deadline to Monday for 28 southeastern counties hard-hit by Florence
- Voters will get another chance to vote during the early voting period, which starts Wednesday, October 17
The Guilford County Board of Elections saw steady traffic during lunch hour Wednesday, of people registering to vote.
Paislee Winkler was among the folks who stopped by to make sure she could vote in in the General Election.
"I went on the website and it said I was an inactive voter. I wanted to make sure I was able to vote,” said Winkler.
Most voters won't need to do anything to vote in November. You will need to register if you've moved, on inactive status, haven't voted in a while and haven't answered mail from elections offices.
Those offices have seen increased business as the registration deadline nears.
"Registration fluctuates. The volume goes up or down depending on the election, type of election, and the season, and we're definitely seeing a push,” said Charlie Collicutt, Guilford County’s Elections Director.
The General Assembly voted to extend the Friday registration deadline to Monday for 28 southeastern counties hard-hit by Florence. Those include Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Handover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties.
"There's a lot of chatter about this election, and a lot of voters making sure they can vote," said Collicutt.
Voters will get another chance to vote during the early voting period, which starts Wednesday, October 17.
"They'll fill out some paperwork, and they can register and vote there at that early voting site, but not on Election Day. It's only for early voting," said Collicutt.
And for many, this election carries some additional importance.
"This is a midterm election, it's not necessarily the biggest in North Carolina, but it is something where every vote will count," said Winkler.