Cabarrus County Board of Elections has changed the lineup of planned early voting locations. The State Board approved four locations in early September. When a scheduling conflict got in the way of approved expanded hours, officials replaced the Charlotte Motor Speedway site with Embassy Suites (5400 John Q. Hammons Dr. NW, Concord), located about a mile away from the track.
Early (or One-Stop) voting begins on Thursday, October 15. To accommodate the large number of anticipated early voters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Elections will host one-stop voting at larger venues in 2020.
A major change this year is the removal of the Board of Elections Office from early voting site options. While voters will not be able to cast their early voting ballot at the Board of Elections Office, officials will accept absentee ballots at the site.
2020 early voting locations:
Cabarrus Arena and Events Center
4751 NC Hwy. 49, Concord, NC 28025
5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW, Concord, NC 28027
Kannapolis Train Station
201 S. Main St., Kannapolis, NC 28081
Northern Plaza (old Northern Tool)
840 Concord Pkwy N, Concord, NC 28025
Voters can request an absentee ballot online through the State’s Absentee Ballot Request Portal, https://votebymail.ncsbe.gov, or by contacting the Cabarrus County Board of Elections at 704-920-2860. Voters can return absentee ballots by walking them inside early voting locations. You may not drop-off absentee ballots at curbside voting areas or return them on Election Day.
Unregistered early voters enjoy a special provision, which allows them to register on the day they vote at the early voting precinct. Registered voters are encouraged to check their status and make any updates before October 9.
Voter registration is not available on Election Day.
Other important dates to remember
Here’s a rundown of all the important dates for the general election:
September 4, 2020: Mail-out absentee voting begins
October 9, 2020 (5 p.m.): Last day to register (outside One-Stop Voting) or change your address (postmarked or hand delivered by this day).
October 15, 2020 (Thursday): One-Stop Voting begins
Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Begins Thursday, Oct. 15)
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
October 27, 2020 (5 p.m.): Last day to request an absentee-by-mail ballot
October 31, 2020: One-Stop Voting ends
November 3, 2020: Deadline for receipt of mail-out Absentee Ballots
November 3, 2020: Election Day
Note that voter ID is NOT required for the 2020 Election.
For information on a wide variety of Election 2020 topics, including sample ballots, voter registration confirmation and locating your precinct for Election Day voting, visit cabarruscounty.us/elections.
For further information, call 704-920-2860.