Early voting for the Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 election ended Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m., which gives people one more chance to vote.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  If there are lines, the people in line at 7:30 p.m. will have the opportunity to vote no matter how long the line is.  However, the cut-off is 7:30 and showing up at 7:31 p.m. doesn’t count even if your watch is slow.

So many people take advantage of the opportunity to early vote – over 100,000 in Guilford County in this election – that it has created some confusion about where to vote on Election Day.  During early voting a person registered to vote in Guilford County may vote at any of the early voting locations in the county.  However, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters are supposed to vote at their precinct polling location.

Also, during the early voting period people are allowed to register and vote on the same day.  However, same day registration is not allowed for those voting on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Due in part to the large amount of advertising done by district candidates and also because the lines for the voting districts are constantly being redrawn, when going to vote, many people are surprised by the candidates on their ballot and by the candidates who are not on their ballot.

For example, there are currently a lot of ads running for candidates for the Guilford County Board of Education.  There is only one school board race that is countywide, that is the at-large Board of Education race between Republican Demetria Carter and Democrat Alan Sherouse.

The other school board races: District 2 between Democrat Amanda Cook and Republican Crissy Pratt; District 4 between Democrat Deon Clark and Republican District 4 Board of Education member Linda Welborn; and District 6 between Democrat District 6 Board of Education member Khem D. Irby and Republican Tim Andrew, are all district races and if you don’t live in one of those districts you won’t see any of those names on your ballot.

District 8 Democrat Guilford County Board of Education member Deena Hayes-Green has no opponent.

The only Guilford County Board of Commissioner race on all the ballots is the at-large race between Democrat At-large Guilford County Commissioner Kay Cashion and Republican former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson.

The other Guilford County Board of Commissioner races: District 2 between Democrat Paul Meinhart and Republican District 2 Guilford County Commissioner Alan Perdue; District 3 between Democrat Derek Mobley and Republic Guilford County Board of Education member Pat Tillman; and District 7 between Democrat District 7 Guilford County Commissioner Frankie T. Jones, Jr. and Republican Kenny Abbe, are all district races and if you don’t live in one of those districts you won’t see any of those candidates on your ballot.

Democrat District 1 Guilford County Commissioner Carlvena Foster is running unopposed.

To avoid being confused by the constantly changing districts, you may go to this site: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/, and fill in your personal information.  It takes a couple more clicks but then you can see a sample ballot, which should be the same as the ballot you are handed when you go to vote.