Voter registration deadline extended in Wilson

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Wilson County residents will have extra time to ensure they are registered to vote following the passage of a bill extending voter registration deadlines in 28 counties affected by Hurricane Florence.

Gov. Roy Cooper has signed House Bill 4, the Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Act, after a special legislative session. In addition to appropriating disaster relief funds, the legislation extends registration for the Nov. 6 midterm in counties including Wilson, Greene, Johnston and Wayne.

Residents have until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 to register to vote in the 28 affected counties. In all other counties, the deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

“We do not want this devastating storm to keep people from voting,” Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, said in a news release. “Voters may cast ballots by mail or in person during the early voting period or on Election Day. We hope voters take advantage of the option that works best for them at this difficult time.”

The state elections board has established a special website, https://www.ncsbe.gov/florence, to provide information about voting in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Eligible voters who are unregistered and miss the Oct. 15 deadline can still register and vote during in-person early voting from Oct. 17 through Nov. 3.

Additionally, any registered voter can vote by mail with no excuse or reason required by requesting an absentee ballot by Oct. 30.

To check the status of your voter registration, enter your name, county of residence and year of birth in the state elections board’s online voter search tool at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.