Voter registration deadline is Friday

Published 5:13 pm Thursday, October 12, 2017

The deadline to register to vote in the seven municipal elections in Beaufort County this year is 5 p.m. Friday.

People should register to vote at the Beaufort County Board of Elections, 1308 Highland Drive, Suite 104, Washington. The elections are set for Nov. 7.

One-stop voting begins Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 4 at the Beaufort County Board of Elections. Early voting (one-stop) will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4.

Oct. 31 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 7 elections, according to the N.C. Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

Voters in Aurora, Bath, Belhaven, Chocowinity, Pantego, Washington and Washington Park will elect mayors, aldermen, commissioners and/or council members.

If there’s a question about a person being eligible to vote, that person has the right to mark a provisional ballot. A voter has the right to cast a provisional ballot if he or she believes they are eligible and registered to vote but is unable to cast a regular ballot because of reasons such as the voter’s name not appearing on the registration list at the polling place, the voter does not have a required form of voter identification (in some states) or an election official challenges the voter’s eligibility. After a voter has cast a provisional ballot, election officials determine whether or not to count the provisional ballot by verifying the voter’s eligibility. If the provisional ballot is approved, it is added to vote totals after Election Day.