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Early Voting Enters Final Days

Pack The Polls messages at the Free Expression Tunnel encourage students to get out and vote during the 2020 election. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

More than half of North Carolina’s eligible voters have already cast their ballots in the first two weeks of early voting for the 2020 national and statewide elections, and many of them, including North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, have done so at NC State’s on-campus polling location in the Grand Ballroom of Talley Student Union.

From Oct. 15-29, more than 15,000 votes were cast at Talley, making it one of the most popular of Wake County’s 20 early voting locations. One reason for that, according to Pack the Polls coordinator Brian Mathis, is that the larger-capacity voting location allows for necessary physical distancing and shorter wait times than most other locations.

Plus, voters can also monitor how long lines are in real time with a wait-time monitor.

Early voting in North Carolina ends on Saturday, Oct. 31, but students, faculty, staff and all Wake County residents who have not yet voted can cast their ballots Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no poll location at Talley for next Tuesday’s traditional election day.