Election Day, 11/3/2020, has been declared a teacher workday by the Wake County Public School System. Therefore there should be no morning and afternoon carpool lines at Sanford Creek Elementary School. This should make parking easier for all voters, in particular those needing curbside parking or accessible parking. Updated: 7/15/20
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What happened to precinct 19-10?: Hopefully this is now old news to most voters, but if you are unaware of the 2017 division of old precinct 19-10 into precincts 19-19 and 19-18 with possibly a new polling place for you, see the precinct division section below. Everyone needs to know in which precinct they are now registered and go to vote in the polling place for that precinct. That is where their pollbook data is located; it is not in the pollbooks at any other polling place on Election Day.
Upcoming election: The next election for precincts 19-19 and 19-18 will be a general election on 11/3/2020. Information about it is posted on the Wake County Board of Elections (WCBOE) Upcoming Election Information web page, which will be updated as election day approaches. 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. Everyone in Precincts 19-19 and 19-18 will get exactly the same ballot. You can view your registration information as described below. Updated: 7/15/20
Consider volunteering to be a precinct official for this and future elections.
COVID-19 pandemic considerations: Some information about COVID-19 considerations for this election is in my Current Election web page. Updated: 9/12/20
Getting registration and ballot information: You can easily check your voter registration information, including your currently recorded name, address, party, 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.
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.
For this election, a nearby early voting site is the Wake County Northern Regional Center in Wake Forest. Updated: 7/15/20
Maps and pictures: The following items focus on precinct 19-19 since its voters now must go to this new (as of 2017) polling place. In 2019 they extended Granite Falls Boulevard to cross Rogers Road and placed many overhead traffic signals at that intersection; that should make this turn much easier to find.
How to check your voter registration information: When certain changes occur, such as when precinct 19-10 was divided into 19-18 and 19-19 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 voting jurisdiction information, including your municipality, e.g., Wake Forest or Rolesville or unincorporated, as well as your name, address, and party affiliation. You can also see your current registration information, e.g., by clicking on "Am I Registered?" on the WCBOE website.
How to view a sample ballot appropriate for you: The "Am I Registered" 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.
To view what ballot(s) may apply for you, enter your identification data for "Am I Registered" (see above). When your registration data is displayed, scroll down to the "Sample Ballots" section and click on the link for the ballot style you wish to view, e.g, G057. 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 chose 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 now has five political parties: Constitution, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and Republican. The Constitution and Green parties run "closed" primaries, meaning the only voters who can vote in their primaries are those explicitly registered as affiliated with their party. In particular, Unaffiliated voters cannot choose to vote in the Constitution and Green primary elections. As in past years an Unaffiliated voter can still choose to vote in a Democratic, Libertarian, or Republican primary and only those ballot styles will be listed for the Unaffiliated voter as sample ballots (see above) and on the voter's Authorization To Vote form for a primary election.
For a general election, vs. a partisan primary election, your party affiliation is ignored. If a precinct does not have any split jurisdictions, as is the case for precincts 19-19 and 19-18, all voters in those precincts will receive exactly the same ballot in a general election. Updated: 3/12/20
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 this form and instructions found on the WCBOE website. Clicking on either "Register To Vote" or "Change my Address/Name" on the website will bring up the form which you then complete, print, and mail. 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. Updated: 9/17/20
Please wait at the Tabulator to see your ballot's status: Our new model Tabulator worked very well in the preceding elections. However there is one thing we want to emphasize to voters: After entering your ballot into the Tabulator slot, PLEASE WAIT the few seconds 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. Updated: 9/12/20
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. Updated: 9/12/20
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. Updated: 9/12/20
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.
If you enter Granite Falls Blvd. from Rogers Rd., the first school entrance you encounter (the one on the west side of the school property) is ONLY for school buses. We'll have signs warning people that this is NOT an entrance for voters. The correct entrance (the one on the east side) is about 1/4 mile further along. It leads to a large parking area in front of the school.
Similarly, if you enter Granite Falls Blvd. from W. Young St., do not turn at the first road you encounter on the left. That leads to some private businesses, not the school. The school entrance is the second road on the left. There is a large stone sign by it for Sanford Creek Elementary School.
No matter when you arrive, always follow the signs and watch out for cones which may require you to wind around the parking area; don't try to take a shortcut. Be very careful if you use the narrow passing lane to go beside the "carpool" line.
If you do arrive at the wrong time, a way to avoid the "carpool" line is to use one of the two gravel parking lots adjacent to the school, just off Scarboro St. See the Alternate Parking Lot signs on the sign placement diagram. There is a small, grassy hill between the larger lot and the school. Since there is no sidewalk or other prepared pathway over that hill, walk carefully, especially if the grass is wet. These gravel lots are normally used for the Town of Rolesville's Main Street Park. The Town has given the WCBOE permission to use them for voter parking.
For people needing curbside or accessible parking facilities, it is strongly advised that they NOT come to vote anywhere 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 vote direction signs to get to the curbside or accessible parking areas.
Cars needing this special parking should go completely around the loop by the building's entrance. See the traffic flow and curbside/accessible 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. Updated: 9/12/20
Precinct 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 (WCBOE). This change was made 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 will still have Jones Dairy Elementary as its polling place. However all the rest of old 19-10 is now the new 19-19 precinct and will have 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. Updated: 9/12/20
Please pass on the above information to your neighbors in case they may be unaware of the precinct changes.
Try iMAPS if you want 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.
History of Changes3/12/20: Reset change tags to initialize this file for the 11/3/2020 general election.