Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

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The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE) is UNCW's "Election Hub". We are here to answer your questions, connect you with resources and get you to the polls- either by mail-in ballot or in-person. Click here to find out all the ways we can help you this semester! Come visit us in Fisher Student Center, Suite 2029, call us at (910) 962-3877, email us at engage@uncw.edu, or direct message us at @UNCWVotes on Instagram! 

Come get your Election questions answered at these drop-in sessions!
Virtual Voter Registration Assistance AND In-Person Absentee Ballot Assistance

Click Here For Details 


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Important Dates

Absentee Ballots Available: September 4th
Deadline to Register to Vote: Friday, October 9th
One-Stop Voting Period: Thursday, October 15th - Saturday, October 31st
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: Tuesday, October 27th
Election Day / Absentee Mail-In Deadline: Tuesday, November 3rd

2020 United States Presidential Debates:
Tuesday, September 29th; Thursday, October 15th and Thursday, October 22nd
Vice Presidential Debate: Wednesday, October 7th

Student Resources

Do you need to know more information about candidates on the ballot?
Here's a helpful resource:

2020 Candidate Resource

We can offer assistance in the following ways:

  • Access to election forms and materials! We have the following physical forms in our office, and can send you links directly to these materials via email or over the phone:
    • Voter Registration Forms (in English and Spanish)
    • Absentee Ballot Request Form
    • Voter Guide for UNCW Students
  • Assistance with completing and submitting forms and ballots:
    • Guidance on completing Voter Registration Forms and Absentee Ballot Request Forms
    • Information on where and how to submit your forms and ballots
    • Submit your Voter Registration forms to us and we’ll take them to the Board of Elections
    • We’ll act as witnesses for your Absentee Ballot and answer questions about how to submit
  • Guidance on your Voting Plan – we can assist with the following questions, and more:
    • Not sure if your registered? Not sure where to register?
    • Need guidance on voting in person or absentee?
    • Need to locate your polling place? Not sure where/how to submit your forms and ballot?
    • Not sure how to vote safely during the pandemic?

Voter Guide for UNCW Students

2020 North Carolina & Presidential Candidate Guides

New Hanover County Board of Elections Student Information

Common Election Misconceptions

UNCW Residence Hall Street Addresses

(Wilmington, NC 28403 - New Hanover County)

Stop by the OSLE (Fisher Student Center, 2029) to register to vote


Civic Action Workshops

  • Civic Action Workshops: These workshops focus on civic processes and ways to engage meaningfully in the community beyond volunteering. Register on Wavelink! Topics for the semester include:
    • Election 101: Is this your first time voting? Or are you not sure if you should vote here in Wilmington or at home? This workshop will include election basics, how to register, and when/how to cast your vote.
      • Wednesday, September 9, 12-1pm (Zoom)
      • Tuesday, September 22, 3:30-4:30pm (Zoom) National Voter Registration Day Edition! 
    • Election 201: You’ve registered to vote, now what?  This workshop will include information about absentee ballots, early/one-stop voting, and what to expect when you actually cast your vote
    • The Politics of Policy: Ever wonder who makes the policy decisions that impact your day to day life? This workshop will include what types of policy decisions are made at the local, state, and federal level – and examples of each.
    • Beyond the Vote: Activism and Accountability: You’ve cast your vote, now what? This workshop will include additional ways to make your voice heard and how to hold elected officials accountable through letter writing, petitions, and participating in boycotts or protests.

Board of Elections Resources

North Carolina State Board of Elections
Brunswick County Board of Elections 
New Hanover County Board of Elections
Onslow County Board of Elections
Pender County Board of Elections

Virtual Chats with the Experts

  • Election 2020 Lunch & Learn: The Issues, The Offices, & Your Informed Vote: This series is sponsored by Queens College in Charlotte, NC, and free to anyone! Each webinar is 30 minutes and will be hosted on Tuesdays at Noon. Q&A will be a part of each topic, so bring your questions with you! Sessions will feature faculty from UNC Charlotte and Queens University of Charlotte, are all non-partisan and will dive deep into the topic area being discussed. 
    • Registration: Please register here to reserve your spot for any and all of the sessions. You will receive a link each Monday with the meeting credentials so you can log in.
    • Dates and Topics:
      • September 8th: Absentee Ballots / Mail-in Ballots debates and key dates
      • September 15th: Does my vote actually count? Electoral College / Why you need to vote
      • September 22nd: What does this office actually do? An explanation of each office on the ballot
      • September 29th: Foreign Policy 
      • October 6th: Environmental Policy
      • October 13th: Social Injustice / Diversity / Equity
      • October 20th: Heath Care / Health Disparities
      • October 27th: Immigration Policy
      • November 3rd: ELECTION DAY!

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  Voter Status & Polling Locations

Do you want to check your voter registration status, confirm your election day polling location, and/or view a sample ballot?

Click Here To Search

Are you planning to vote early in-person?  There are several locations in the county you are registered in that are open every day from October 15-31.

Click Here To Search

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  • Are you registered to vote in New Hanover County and live close to campus?  It is likely that this polling location will be most convenient for you:
    • 230 Government Center Dr., Suite 34, Wilmington, NC 28403
    • Head North on Racine Drive [away from campus towards Eastwood] and turn right onto Government Center Dr.  Look for the Board of Elections yard signs – they will direct you to the polling location
    • Click here for a full list of hours

Search eligibility requirements by STATE here!