One-Stop "Early" Voting

Once the New Hanover County Board of Elections has established the early voting schedule for the 2023 Municipal Elections, a printable version of the schedule will be made available here!

 Voters will also be able to access the One-Stop Wait Time Tracker here once One-Stop absentee voting begins. 

Check back as the elections draw closer for this and more!

What is One-Stop "Early" Voting?

One-stop absentee voting (commonly known as "early voting") allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person on select days prior to Election Day. 

One-Stop voting allows voters an opportunity to vote when it best suits individual schedules. For the 2023 Municipal Election, the in-person early voting period begins Thursday, October 19, and ends Saturday, November 4. 

During early voting, voters may cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county. This is different from Election Day when registered voters must vote at their assigned precinct.

What to Expect at a One-Stop "Early" Voting Location?

At the voting location, you will vote much like you would on Election Day. The difference is you will be required to complete and sign an absentee request application prior to voting. 

Afterwards, you will receive your ballot, make your selections, and place completed ballot in the tabulator. 

Once you have submitted your application and executed the process of voting, the county board of elections will review your application and either approve or deny the submission.

Same-Day Registration

Voters may present to vote at One-Stop even if they are not currently registered to vote in New Hanover County using a process called "Same Day Registration" which allows voters to register to vote and vote same day.  This  "Same-Day Registration" process is permitted under state law.

To use same-day registration, a person must complete a voter registration application and show an election official proof of residential address in the county. 

This "proof of address" may consist of:

  •  A current and valid photo ID or a document showing the name and current address of the applicant
    • To be "current", the document must be the most recent version or at least dated within three months of the date it is presented to an election official. 
    • Copies of acceptable "name and current address" documents are permissible. 
    • Voters may also present an electronic or online version of a "name and current address" document, as long as the document is obtained from the original source and shows his or her current name and address, such as: 
      • Bills from utility companies
      • Electronic bank statements
      • Electronic earnings statement from employer
      • Other documents as approved by the NC State Board of Elections, call the BOE at (910) 798-7330 for more information
  • Proof of residence for college students (specifically UNCW students) includes:
    • A current college/university photo identification card paired with either:
    • Any document originating with the educational institution and containing the student's name and on-campus housing address or facility name; or 
    • A current roster prepared by the college/university and transmitted to the county board of elections office, which lists all students residing in campus housing facilities. 

Within two business days of the person's registration, the county board of elections will verify the person's driver license or social security number, update the voter registration database, search for possible duplicate registrations, and proceed to verify the registrant's address by mail. The registrant's vote will be counted unless the county board of elections determines that the registrant is not qualified to vote.

  • Current Status: Photo ID Required for Voting
  • On April 28, 2023, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed an injunction against implementation of photo ID legislation. As a result, photo ID laws enacted in 2018 and 2019 will be implemented moving forward, starting with the municipal elections in September, October, and November 2023. For more information about Voter ID in North Carolina visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections Voter ID webpage (LINK).

One-Stop Hours & Locations

Information regarding One-Stop hours and locations for the 2023 Municipal Election One-Stop implementation plan will be added below upon unanimous determination of the New Hanover County Board of Elections. If you have any questions, please contact the New Hanover County Board of Elections at 910-798-7330.

  1. BOE Office One-Stop Site
  2. Additional Sites

Location: 1241 Military Cutoff Road, David E Paynter Room, Wilmington, NC 28405

DateDayStartEndNumber of Hours
October 19, 2023ThursdayTBDTBD
October 20, 2023FridayTBDTBD
October 21, 2023SaturdayTBDTBD
October 22, 2023SundayTBDTBD
October 23, 2023MondayTBDTBD
October 24, 2023TuesdayTBDTBD
October 25, 2023WednesdayTBDTBD
October 26, 2023ThursdayTBDTBD
October 27, 2023FridayTBDTBD
October 28, 2023SaturdayTBDTBD
October 29, 2023SundayTBDTBD
October 30, 2023MondayTBDTBD
October 31, 2023TuesdayTBDTBD
November 1, 2023WednesdayTBDTBD
November 2, 2023ThursdayTBDTBD
November 3, 2023FridayTBDTBD
November 4, 2023SaturdayTBDTBD
Total hours for BOE location