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Nash elections office to open Saturday; absentee ballots top 6,100

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NASHVILLE — The Nash County Board of Elections will be open Saturday as an extra step to help residents square away any business before the election begins.

“The office will be open for normal elections-related transactions Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.,” said Nash County Elections Director John Kearney. “This will give voters who work during the week the opportunity to stop by our office and make any needed changes to their voter registration. Any voter who wishes to return their absentee ballot in person may do so at this time.”

Kearney is preparing for a big election this year.

The certified vendor for voting machines tested all of Nash County’s election equipment Monday.

“The machines will be locked and sealed until the election starts,” Kearney said.

As of Monday, the county had more than 6,100 absentee ballot requests — that’s four times as many than ever before.

“The most I remember we have ever had is 1,500, so we are a lot busier with absentee ballots,” Kearney said.

Any registered voter in Nash County can request a mail-in ballot by visiting the N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Portal. No special circumstance or reason is needed to vote a mail-in absentee ballot in North Carolina. Deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. Oct. 27. If mailing a request, include enough time for the request to be received by the deadline. 

The deadline to register to vote on Election Day, Nov. 3 this year, is Oct. 9.

Voting sites will be open 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. that day. Everyone must go to their assigned polling place to cast a ballot on Election Day. Anyone who votes in another location may be asked to vote a provisional ballot. The new website has a list of Nash County’s polling places. Prospective voters can search their name through the State Board of Elections website by using the voter lookup tool to find their polling place and view their sample ballot and jurisdictions.

Early voting will begin Oct. 15 and end on Oct. 31. Residents can register and vote at the same time during one-stop early voting.

The schedule is set Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. 

The for locations for early voting are: Nash County Agriculture Center, 1006 Eastern Ave. in Nashville; the Mount Pleasant Community Building, 7637 Harris Road near Bailey; the old Gateway Partnership building across from Braswell Memorial Library at 427 Falls Road in Rocky Mount and the old Trade-It building next to Olive Garden at 1150 N. Wesleyan Blvd. in Rocky Mount.

To help voters, election officials recently launched a new website providing a single, easy-to-remember location to find voting options for the upcoming presidential election.

“The website was designed to be a one-stop shop for voters seeking information about the upcoming election,” Kearney said. “The site has easy-to-navigate buttons and minimal text.”

The new website can be found at www.NashVotes2020.com and includes information on mail-in voting, early voting and Election Day voting.

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