Information Mainly for Precinct 19-19 Voters

Last Updated:   5/19/24  14:57         Jeffrey Knauth        jeff@jgkhome.name

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WARNING

Voters who require curbside parking or accessible parking should follow these parking instructions.

Election Day, 11/5/24 is expected to be a teacher workday at Sanford Creek Elementary School (SCES). Therefore there will be  no  carpool  lines  for voters to avoid in this election. Note, however, this may not apply for other elections. Always check here for each election.  Updated: 5/19/24
NOTE:  This web page has general information about elections and the Precinct 19-19 polling place. It stays pretty much the same for each election. Detailed information about preceding elections can be found here.

Upcoming election:  The next election for Precinct 19-19 will be a general election on 11/5/24. The political party with which you are affiliated does not matter for this election; your party affiliation does not determine the ballot you will receive.  Updated: 5/19/24

To vote normally in this election you must present a photo ID, e.g., an NC driver license. See voter photo ID for the eligible types of ID, associated expiration dates, exceptions, and other photo ID information. If you are voting in-person at an early voting site or at the polling place on Election Day, don't forget to bring your photo ID into the voting enclosure.

Information about the election will be posted on the Wake County Board of Elections (WCBOE) Upcoming Election Information web page, which will be updated as Election Day approaches.

Consider becoming a precinct official.

Know your precinct and polling place:  Everyone needs to know in which precinct you are now registered (see below) and go to vote in the polling place for that precinct if you vote on Election Day. That is where your pollbook data is located; it is not in the pollbooks at any other polling place on Election Day. Keep your registration data up-to-date, e.g., if you move. The Election Day polling place for Precinct 19-19 is Sanford Creek Elementary School at 701 Granite Falls Blvd. in Rolesville. See below for maps and pictures.

Getting registration and ballot information:  You can easily check your voter registration information, including your currently recorded name, residence address, party affiliation, precinct, polling place, and municipality (if any). You will also see the voting jurisdictions you are in, e.g., NC House, Wake County Commissioner, and School (Board of Education). Normally a month or more before Election Day you can view the exact ballot(s) that will be available to you for that election. Always keep your voter registration data up-to-date, e.g., if you move.

Of course, if you have not already done so, please register to vote! You can register as described in the how to update section below.  Updated: 5/19/24

Mail-in absentee ballots and early voting sites:  If you will not be able to vote at your polling place on Election Day or just choose to vote early, you can either submit an absentee ballot or vote at an early voting site before Election Day.

The closest early voting site to our area is the Wake County Northern Regional Center in Wake Forest.
Updated: 5/19/24

Do not wait until the last minute to request and then mail in an absentee ballot. If the ballot is received too late, e.g., because of USPS processing delays, the ballot will not be counted.

If you request an absentee ballot and have signed up with BallotTrax (see below for how to access it), BallotTrax will send you reports so you can track the progress of your request and then the ballot thru the system. BallotTrax will first report receipt of your absentee ballot request by the WCBOE and then report the mailing of the ballot package to you by the WCBOE. When you have completed the ballot package and mailed it back to the WCBOE, USPS will notify BallotTrax that it now has the package. BallotTrax will then report to you that USPS has the package and it is on the way to the WCBOE, then report when the package has arrived at the WCBOE, and finally report when the ballot has been accepted, i.e., you have now voted. If the WCBOE detects some problem with your ballot request or the information you returned with the ballot, e.g., a missing signature, the WCBOE will try to contact you. BallotTrax can be accessed thru the "Voter Lookup" link on the WCBOE home page.

Maps and pictures: The items in this section focus on Precinct 19-19.

For those voters using Rogers Road to get to Granite Falls Boulevard, note the SIX overhead traffic lights at that intersection. The turn is now hard to miss.

Note:  If you want a more detailed map, try the very useful iMAPS tool described below. You can focus on an area to clearly show all its streets with their names, as well as highlighting things like municipal corporate boundaries and voting precincts.

How to check your voter registration information:  When certain changes occur, such as when a redistricting changes the jurisdictional areas you are in or if you have updated your registration information with the Wake County Board of Elections (WCBOE), e.g., after a move, the WCBOE mails an updated voter card to each affected voter. That card lists your (possibly changed) polling place and your (possibly changed) voting jurisdiction information, including your municipality, e.g., Wake Forest, Rolesville, or Unincorporated, as well as your name, residence address, and party affiliation.

You can see your current registration information online by clicking on "Voter Lookup" near the top of the WCBOE home page. This links to the "Voter Search" page provided by the NC State BOE (NCSBE). The WCBOE website has a number of other paths to get to the NCSBE "Voter Search" page. In the following I'll just use "Voter Lookup" to cover all such paths.

How to view a sample ballot appropriate for you:  The "Voter Lookup" facility mentioned above also lets you view images of the ballot(s) applicable to you in the upcoming election. These images are usually made available a month or more before the election. Each image exactly duplicates what you would see on the associated hardcopy ballot. Viewing your ballot before the election lets you vote more quickly on Election Day.

Sample ballots are not yet available for the 11/5/24 election.  Updated: 5/19/24

To view which ballot(s) may apply for you, enter your identification data in "Voter Lookup". When your registration data is displayed, scroll down to the "Your Sample Ballot" section and click on the link for the ballot style you wish to view, e.g, N0009. If you see No eligible ballots instead of a ballot style, that means you are not eligible to vote in this election. For example, that will occur if this is a municipal election, but you don't live within the corporate limits of the municipality having the election. It can also occur if this is a partisan primary election, but your party has no contests in this election.

For a general election or a municipal election, party affiliations are ignored. They do matter in partisan primary elections.

An Unaffiliated voter may see several possible ballot styles for a partisan primary election. All can be viewed here; however when actually voting later, the Unaffiliated voter must choose just one of these styles. In contrast, for partisan voters in a partisan primary election or for all voters in a general or municipal election, only one sample ballot style will be displayed for each voter.

North Carolina has a number of political parties, i.e., those recognized by the NC State Board of Elections as able to have candidates in an election. Which parties are currently recognized changes often, but is significant only for partisan elections. If you are registered as an affiliate of one of these parties, in a partisan primary election you can vote only for contests of that party (assuming there are any such contests). You are also restricted to that party if a "second primary" election is required because the primary election left some contests undecided.

In contrast, an Unaffiliated voter can choose a party for the partisan primary election and can vote only for the contests of that party. If a second primary election is required, the Unaffiliated voter must stay with the party choice made for the primary. If no choice was made for the primary, the Unaffiliated voter can choose any party in the second primary. After the second primary election (or after the primary election if no second primary was required), the Unaffiliated voter's party choice is reset so the voter can now again choose any party in the next partisan election.

 

How to update your voter registration information:  If you haven't yet registered, you must do so by a specific date for the election in which you wish to vote; this deadline will be posted on the WCBOE website. Don't put it off to the last minute. If you have moved or changed your name after you previously registered, please notify the WCBOE to get your registration updated. Doing that early will make things go much faster and more smoothly for you on Election Day.

All this registering and updating can be done with the form and instructions found on the WCBOE website under "Voter Information". You use exactly the same form to do any of these:  register to vote, update your name, change your address, or change your party affiliation. Data can and probably should be entered into the online form to reduce misreads of handwritten information. Then print the form, sign it, and mail it. You can now also register or update your registration information thru the DMV Online Voter Registration portal. Once your first-time or updated registration has been processed, the WCBOE will mail you a new voter card.

Instead of mailing a registration form, unregistered voters can register at an early voting site. Also, at those sites currently registered voters can make some changes, e.g., you can change your registered name and your residence address. However you CANNOT change your party affiliation there because it is too close to an election.

Wait at the Tabulator to see your ballot's status:  Our current model Tabulator has worked very well since being introduced in 2019. However there is one thing we want to emphasize to voters: After firmly sliding your ballot into the Tabulator slot, PLEASE WAIT the few seconds it takes until the display shows whether the ballot was accepted or rejected. If you don't wait and just hurry out the door, we have to try to chase you down if the Tabulator has detected an error after you ran, e.g., if you marked too many entries in one or more contests.

If you select too many in a contest, until we bring you back to say how you want to proceed, no one else can cast their ballot. The voter line is held up until you are available to say whether you want the Tabulator to ignore the extra-marked contest(s) or instead have us give you a new ballot to fill out all over again. All this goes much faster if we don't have to chase you. If we can't catch you, we have no choice but to tell the Tabulator to ignore all the extra-marked contest(s) on your ballot so it can be read in, thus allowing the other (patiently waiting) voters to now cast their ballots.

Even worse, your ballot may be rejected by the Tabulator if you mismarked it using X's, or checkmarks, or smiley faces, or red ink, or something else, instead of just filling out the ovals with the supplied black ink pens, per the instructions. Such an invalid ballot can cause a real mess if you can't be chased down. Please just wait to see your ballot's status.

 

Special considerations for the 19-19 polling place:  Below are several things 19-19 voters will need to consider about Sanford Creek Elementary School. The six WCBOE pictures illustrate some of these points.

Instructions for Curbside and Accessible Parking

For those needing curbside assistance, i.e., people physically unable to come inside to vote, the curbside parking area will be at the building's front, near the Media Center entrance. See the links below. The accessible parking area is there as well. These parking places may not be too visible when you first enter the school's parking lot (there's a lot of winding around to get there), but we'll have signs.

Cars needing curbside parking should go completely around the loop by the building's entrance. See the traffic flow and curbside and accessible parking diagrams. This ensures curbside-parking cars will be properly oriented at the curbside doorbell stand. This orientation also provides easy exit from curbside parking back into the "carpool" traffic flow.

For people needing curbside or accessible parking facilities, it is strongly advised that they NOT come to vote close to the school's "carpool" times noted above. Navigating around the "carpool" line to reach the special parking areas can be confusing and difficult. At other times (i.e., no "carpool" line), it is much easier -- just follow the pavement arrows and our direction signs to get to the curbside or accessible parking areas.

This handout repeats much of the above curbside considerations. It also includes a diagram to emphasize the "go around the loop" path that should be taken to enter the curbside area. We intend to give this handout to each curbside voter in case they have not seen the information elsewhere. This should help in future elections.

Please pass on the above information to your neighbors. 
Bookmark this web page for future reference.

Jeff Knauth
Chief Judge for Precinct 19-19
(This web page is not an official Wake County Board of Elections document. It is being provided as a courtesy
by me to Precinct 19-19 voters to help them in the voting process, in particular at the 19-19 polling place.)

APPENDIX
History of Recent Significant Changes
Try iMAPS for More Detailed Maps

The above modified WCBOE precinct map is at a high level and gives a good overview. However if anyone wants to dig REALLY deep (down to the lowest level) into things like voting precinct boundaries, municipal corporate boundaries, NC state senate and representative districts, flood plains, greenways, judicial districts, county commissioner districts, and dozens of other such regions, Wake County has a great, free, public tool called iMAPS.

Using the iMAPS Layers facility, you can display a map showing such regions as those listed above. You can zoom in or out, down to individual houses/lots or up to the whole county. You can display multiple layers simultaneously, e.g., how voting precincts and municipal corporate boundaries intersect (important for a municipal election). You can do searches and view property information, e.g., ownership, taxes, and deeds. You can blend street and aerial views. And much more -- this description just scratches the surface of what the tool can do. See iMAPS Usage:  Voting Precincts vs Municipal Corporate Boundaries for a step-by-step practical example.

Precinct 19-10 Division Done in 2017

Voting Precinct 19-10, which had used the Jones Dairy Elementary School as its polling place, grew large enough that it needed to be divided in two by the Wake County Board of Elections. (As of 2023 it would have had well over 12,000 registered voters.) This division was done in 2017. Precinct 19-10 no longer exists. The part of old 19-10 north of Chalk Road is now the new 19-18 precinct; it still has Jones Dairy Elementary as its polling place. However all the rest of old 19-10 is now the new 19-19 precinct and has as its polling place Sanford Creek Elementary School at 701 Granite Falls Blvd. in Rolesville. See the Precinct 19-19 overview map; there are other maps and pictures in a section above.


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