Voters prepare for Election Day in New Hanover County
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY--In just two weeks, polls open in New Hanover County.
Early voting runs from October 18 to November 3 and Election Day is November 6.
Eager to vote in his first election, UNC Wilmington student Michael Deas went to the board of elections Thursday to change his address on his registration.
"I did it online a couple weeks ago and then I realized it's in Union County and I am not going to be back there so I wouldn't be able to vote," said Deas.
Election officials said Deas is the perfect role model for other students.
"The students are a really big population that needs to check that registration, there were a lot of drives that were done on campus, a lot of forms were filled out incorrectly," said Sally Shepherd, the Elections Outreach Coordinator with New Hanover County Board of Elections.
Shepherd strongly suggests everyone check their registration for accuracy.
On Election Day, voters can make changes, but Shepherd doesn't recommend it.
"It's going to take you more time, you may have to go to another polling location, you might have to vote a provisional ballot," explained Shepherd.
If you're not going to be in town but want to vote, you need an absentee ballot.
Shepherd said get your request in sooner rather than later because the office is backed up.
"A presidential election always seems to generate more absentee ballots because more people want to vote," said Shepherd.
To help more people get to the polls this year, the county has partnered with WAVE Transit. They are both modifying their websites so it's easier for people to find their precinct and what bus they need to take to get to it. On Election Day you can ride the WAVE, free of charge.
"People were saying we need more extended voting hours so we can get to the polls but it wasn't feasible to necessarily extend the hours but we have found a way to get them to the polls," said Shepherd.
Deas said he is not letting anything get between him and the polls.
"You don't have a voice if you don't vote," said Deas.
The deadline to register is October 12. If you miss it, you can register at One Stop Voting if you have proof of residency.
Click here for more information about voting in New Hanover County.