Elections 2018

Early voting-same day registration on Ocracoke will be two days this week only

Ocracoke residents can vote early or register and immediately vote on Thursday Oct. 25 and Friday Oct. 26 in the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department on Irvin Garrish Hwy.

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Although early voting in North Carolina for the Nov. 6 general election began Oct. 17 and will run until Saturday, Nov. 3, Ocracoke voters will only have two days on the island–Thursday (Oct. 25) and Friday (Oct. 26)–in which they can either vote early or register and immediately vote.

Hours for voting/registration Thursday and Friday will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, 822 Irvin Garrish Hwy.

The early voting period includes “same-day registration,” which allows non-registered voters to register and vote immediately. 

Owing to its remoteness, Ocracoke earlier this year received a legislative exemption from the new statewide requirement that limits early voting to a 17-day period, ending Nov. 3. The regular voter registration deadline has passed.

However, Ocracoke residents who miss these two days on the island can travel to Swan Quarter during this early voting period and either vote early or register and immediately vote in the Hyde County Elections Office, 1223 Main St., Swan Quarter. 

For more information, the Elections Office phone number is 252-926-4194.

New voters must have one of the following documents to register:

  • A North Carolina driver’s license
  • Photo ID from a government agency
  • Student photo ID with a school document showing the student’s address
  • Or a utility bill, bank statement, payroll stub or document from any government agency with your name and current address.

Within two business days of a person’s registration, the county board of elections will verify the registrant’s driver license or social security number, update the voter registration database, search for possible duplicate registrations and verify the registrant’s address by mail.

The registrant’s vote will be counted Nov. 6 unless the county board of elections determines that he or she is not qualified to vote.

Hyde County Elections Office is in the Public Safety Building, 1223 Main St., Swan Quarter. Photo courtesy of Hyde County

Here is the ballot for Ocracoke voters: