Election Day is still a little more than a month away, but election officials are busy preparing for last minute registrations and the crowd expected to cast their ballot early. This year's election is expected to draw a record number of voters. To prepare, election officials are busy testing machines, answering questions and working with new technology. After the registration deadline on October 10th, voters will have one last chance to register in person at a one stop voting site. New Hanover County Director of Elections, Bonnie Williams said, "With that comes lines, we believe that anything we can do to be proactive to manage the lines is certainly going to be favored by the one-stop voting staff, but the voters as well." Election staff in New Hanover County will now have Palm Pilots to register voters faster and help reduce lines all at their fingertips, without the hassle of paperwork. Officials said, many times it is voter confusion that slows down the election process. Something as small as moving could delay your chance to vote. Pender County Director of Elections, Dennis Boyles said, "The interest in this election is so high right now, you're going to have lines. We don't want to see somebody waiting in a line for a half an hour to an hour and get inside and find out they forgot to tell us they moved. The precinct workers will tell them two options, either you can go to your new precinct and vote, or you can vote by provisional ballot." Don't wait until Election Day to make sure your registration is in order. Now is the time to make your vote count. October 16th through November 1st is the last opportunity for people to register and vote at the same time. As a reminder: election officials are taking requests for absentee ballots. Contact your local board of elections office for all details.
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