19-19 voters who require curbside parking or accessible parking should
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 on 11/5/19. Information about it is posted on the Wake County Board of Election (WCBOE) Upcoming Election Information web page. It is important to know that this will be a municipal election. If you are in the 19-18 or 19-19 precincts, but don't live within the corporate limits of either Wake Forest or Rolesville, then you are "unincorporated" and are not eligible to vote in this election. Unincorporated voters are not in the pollbooks for a municipal election. Your recorded municipality (Wake Forest, Rolesville, or Unincorporated) is part of the registration information you can view, as described in the next section. Updated: 8/19/19
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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 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, you can submit an absentee ballot or vote at an early voting site before election day, as described on the WCBOE website. Unfortunately, because of the light turnout expected for the November 2019 election, there will be few early voting sites, none of which are close to our area. Go to WCBOE's Wake County Early Voting web page and scroll down to the "November Municipal Elections" section for the latest information. Updated: 8/20/19
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. Updated: 8/08/19
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 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 primary election or for all voters in a general or municipal election, only one sample ballot style will be displayed for each voter.
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. Once your first-time or updated registration has been processed, the WCBOE will mail you a new voter card. Updated: 8/16/19
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.
Check back here close to election day in case the school changes these times.
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 traffic flow. 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.
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 near the top of this web page.
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.