Office of Student Leadership & 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.

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! 

UNCW Votes Coalition

Did you know OSLE is launching a student-led election engagement coalition on campus? The coalition will be comprised of student leaders and liaison members of student organizations and departments on campus invested in the election engagement and voter discourse on campus. The Coalition will sponsor events, provide resources, and bring interested entities together to collaborate and plan strategically for the election engagement landscape at UNCW.

Stay tuned! The UNCW Votes Coalition will launch officially in November 2021. 

Interested in volunteering or having your organization participate in the UNCW Votes Coalition? Email OSLE at engage@uncw.edu

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Important Dates

2021 New Hanover County Municipal Elections:
City of Wilmington Mayor and Council Member
Town of Kure Beach Mayor and Board of Commissioners
Town of Carolina Beach Mayor and Council Member
Town of Wrightsville beach Mayor and Alderman

Absentee Ballots Available: October 3rd, 2021
Deadline to Register to Vote: October 8th, 2021
One-Stop Voting Period: October 14th - October 30th, 2021
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: October 26th, 2021
Election Day / Absentee Mail-In Deadline: Tuesday, November 2nd 

Looking for important dates for your home county?
Click here to learn more about upcoming election dates in North Carolina and find your voting dates, locations, and deadlines by county. 

Student Resources

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

New Hanover County Board of Elections Student Information

Common Election Misconceptions

UNCW Residence Hall Street Addresses

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


  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 14th-30th. 2021.

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 the New Hanover County Board of Elections Office will be most convenient polling location for you during early voting:

Search eligibility requirements by STATE here!


Board of Elections Resources