Early Voting Starts Thursday at Eight Locations across Wake County

NOTE: Fuquay-Varina Site Changed Due to Construction

Ready to vote? Starting this Thursday, April 28, registered voters can cast their ballots ahead of the May 17 Primary and Cary Municipal Election at eight sites located around Wake County.


“Voters are telling us they’re excited to return to the polls in person and early voting gives them options to find a time or location that’s convenient for them to participate in the election,” said Gary Sims, director of the Wake County Board of Elections. “And if residents missed the voter registration deadline, they can even register to vote or update their address at the same time they cast their ballot.”


Thanks to some innovative tools, Wake County has made it easier than ever to find the nearest Early Voting location and check current wait times. Visit WakeVotesEarly.com for an interactive map, hours, details about each site, answers to frequently asked questions and more. Voters can check their voter registration and download a sample ballot customized to their address at ReadyToVote.com.


Early Voting will be open for 17 days:

  • Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.;
  • Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and
  • Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Looking to beat crowds? Lines are historically shortest on the first days of Early Voting. The busiest times are around lunchtime on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and the last three days of the Early Voting period.

Early Voting Sites in Wake County: April 28 - May 14

PLEASE NOTE: The Fuquay-Varina site has changed since first being published due to construction delays related to supply-chain issues at the original site, Hilltop Needmore Town Park. The Town of Fuquay-Varina stepped up immediately to help find a new, alternate site just 10 minutes away at its W.O. Council Gym. 

  1. Cary Senior Center
    120 Maury Odell Pl., Cary, 27513
    Site Details 
  2. Herbert C. Young Community Center
    101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary, 27513
    Site Details 
  3. Wake County Northern Regional Center
    350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, 27587
    Site Details 
  4. Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center
    5611 Jaguar Park Dr., Raleigh, 27606
    Site Details 
  5. John Chavis Memorial Park Community Center
    505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Raleigh, 27601
    Site Details 
  6. Optimist Park Community Center
    5900 Whittier Dr., Raleigh, 27609
    Site Details 
  7. Wake County Board of Elections Office
    1200 N. New Hope Rd., Raleigh, 27610
    Site Details 
  8. W.O. Council Gym *NEW LOCATION*
    106 N. Ennis St., Fuquay-Varina, 27526
    Site Details


Find more information about voting and upcoming elections at ReadyToVote.com.


About Wake County Board of Elections
The Wake County Board of Elections is responsible for conducting all elections held in the county. The Board establishes election precincts and voting sites, appoints and trains Precinct Officials, prepares and distributes ballots and voting equipment, certifies ballots cast in elections and investigates any voting irregularities.

The Elections team has created this user-friendly media kit  as a reference resource for local journalists covering the May 17, 2022 election.

The Wake County Board of Elections also maintains voter registration and voting records for more than 798,000 voters. To learn more about the Wake County Board of Elections, follow us on Twitter and Facebook or contact us at 919-404-4040.

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