Voting & Early Voting

October 2020

Early voting for the 2020 election runs Thursday, October 15 through Saturday, October 31. If you are not registered to vote, or need to update your registration, same-day registration is available during early voting.

You can only early vote in your county of residence. If you are registered to vote in Orange County, or are eligible to use same-day registration at an Orange County early voting site, the closest early voting location to campus is Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St. (next to Morehead Planetarium).

To register to vote during the early voting period, be sure to bring proof of residency, showing your name and current address. If you live in a residence hall on-campus or in Granville Towers, Orange County election officials have a roster, so you may show your One Card as proof of residency.

Chapel of the Cross, as well as Carrboro Town Hall and Seymour Senior Center are open the following days and times:

  • Thursday–Friday, October 15–16, 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 17, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 18, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Monday–Friday, October 19-23, 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 25, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Monday–Friday, October 26–30, 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Please check the Orange County Board of Elections website, or your home county’s Board of Elections website, for more information about early voting locations and hours. During early voting, you may vote at any early voting location in your county of residence. For election day information and sample ballots, see here

If you are a registered voter, you may also vote by mail for any reason. You can request a mail-in absentee ballot here and track the ballot here. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 27, but the state and local boards of elections are urging voters to request as soon as possible.

As a reminder to faculty and staff, UNC employees are prohibited by law (N.C. General Statute 126-13) and UNC Board of Governors' policy from using the authority of their positions or from using state funds, supplies or vehicles to secure support for or to oppose any candidate, party or issue in an election.

The University takes seriously the right of each person on campus to express personal opinions on matters of public concern. We also take seriously our obligation to comply with federal and state laws and UNC policies and to serve as responsible stewards of the public resources entrusted to us.

If you have questions about permissible political activity for employees, you can find additional guidance here for EHRA employees and here for SHRA employees.