Voting Dates and Deadlines
We are gearing up for the 2022 mid-term election. See below for dates, deadlines, open races and links to candidates and their websites.
Voter Registration Deadlines
April 22, 2022: Voter registration deadline for the 2022 statewide primary. To learn more about registering to vote, click HERE.
Absentee Voting Request Deadlines
May 10, 2022: Deadline for civilians to submit an absentee ballot request form for the 2022 statewide primary.
Mid-term Primary Early Voting
April 28 through May 14, 2022: One-stop, in-person early voting period begins for the 2022 statewide primary.
May 17, 2022: Election Day for the 2022 statewide primary and civilian absentee ballot return deadline.
New precinct maps
The Chatham County Board of Elections submitted precinct boundary changes to state consideration. The changes are needed to adequately accommodate voters based on our fast-growing population. STAY TUNED! When the new precinct maps are ready, we will post them HERE!
How to Vote
Check to see if you're eligible to vote in NC
You must be a US citizen and a resident of North Carolina.
You must have lived in your current precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election.
You must be 18 years old by election day (17 year olds can vote in the primary if they will be 18 on or before election day)
If you have a felony sentence, you must have completed your parole, probation, or post-release supervision. If you need help restoring your voting status, click here .
You must be registered with the Board of Elections before you can vote.
If you have moved since the last election, or you want to change your party affiliation, you must update your voter registration information.
Locate your precinct and polling place
Counties are divided into election precincts to make voting manageable. North Carolina tries to limit precincts to around 4,000 voters.
Precincts have polling locations where voters cast their ballots. Polling locations can change so where you voted last election doesn't mean you'll be at the same location this election. Click here to see which precinct is yours.
During the early voting period, Chathamites can cast a ballot at any precinct location in the county. However on Election Day, voters are limited to their assigned precinct polling place.
Because of our population growth, the Chatham County Board of Elections has submitted precinct changes to the state. We are awaiting the state's approval, so check back before voting to make sure you know your precinct and your polling location.
Educate yourself on candidates and issues
This is the most critical step in the process. Take time to read the candidates' positions on issues that are important to you and your family. Vote for candidates who share your values and who you believe will fight for those values. We will be updating our website with candidate information regularly, so check back often before voting.
Plan your vote
North Carolina offers multiple ways to vote, but some require taking action weeks before the election. For example, if you are home-bound, submit a request to vote Absentee. The Board of Elections will send you a ballot that you can complete and return through the mail or at a polling location. Requests for Absentee voting occur at specific times, so check back regularly for updates on when you can start the process.
North Carolina also offers Early Voting days and times. If you aren't sure you can make it to your particular polling place on Election Day, then plan to vote early at any Chatham County polling location. We will be posting early voting days, times and locations on this page, so check back regularly.
Election Day polls open and close between certain hours. Always check when the polls are open, where the polling location is for your precinct, and plan to potentially wait in line. As we get closer to the election, polling locations will be posted on this page.
Get everyone you know to vote!
We all know someone who thinks their vote doesn't matter, or they have given up because they have yet to see change. NOT voting won't help! Every vote NOT cast for a candidate who represents your values is a vote FOR the opposition.
Let's put voting in perspective. Your country asks for an hour or so of time every 730 days!!!! Compare that to policies that can last a lifetime. Isn't a few minutes worth it?
Participate in the 2022 Voting Process!
There are a variety of ways you can participate in elections.
Poll Worker: If you are interested in learning the voting process from the inside-out, sign up to be a poll worker. Poll workers learn how to use the county computer systems to check-in voters, monitor for security, help voters submit ballots, or assist voters with special needs. Training is required. Computer skills are helpful. WATCH THIS SPACE. As soon as the Board of Elections is ready to hire poll workers, we will post it here.
Poll Watcher: County political parties nominate poll watchers for each polling location. Partisan poll watchers watch for voter suppression or intimidation, and report the issues to the Board of Elections. To be a poll watcher, submit a Volunteer Form and select the GOTV Group.
Poll Greeter: Poll greeters are the first point-of-contact for voters as they make their way from the parking lot to the poll. Greeters represent the Democratic Party handing out sample ballots, answering questions about voting and candidates, and thanking voters for taking time to vote. Poll Greeters work two hour shifts throughout Early Voting and on Election Day. This is a fun way to meet new people, interact with like-minded individuals, and make a difference in our community. If you want to be a Poll Greeter, submit a Volunteer Form and select the GOTV Group.
Promoting Voting: It is critical for our democratic citizens to get out and vote! The Biden "Build Back Better" agenda depends on it. The Chatham County Democratic Party can use your skills, talent and time to help us encourage every Democrat and left-leaning Unaffiliated voter to support our work. Volunteer with us or Donate.