Unofficial Results from Primary and Cary Municipal Election to Begin Posting Online Before 8 p.m.

Polls close at 7:30 p.m. across Wake County

As the May 17, 2022 Primary and Cary Municipal Elections are wrapping up, the Wake County Board of Elections is sharing out what the community can expect following the closure of the polls at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s been a slow but steady turnout so far in Wake County, but Election Day voting historically picks up at the polls as we get closer to 5 p.m.,” said Gary Sims, Wake County Board of Elections Director. “Everything has been going smoothly so far and we’re excited so many people already took advantage of other convenient voting methods so they can simply sit back and watch the unofficial returns tonight.”  

The first unofficial results released tonight will be Early Voting and Absentee by Mail returns. Nearly 45,000 Wake County registered voters took advantage of Early Voting April 28 through May 14. Those unofficial daily turnouts can be found here. Another 3,775 absentee ballots were received and were already approved by the Board during their official meetings over the past five weeks. Those results will also be shared sometime before 8 p.m.

Once all voters who were in line by 7:30 p.m. have cast their ballots, officials across Wake County’s 208 precincts will begin auditing and inventorying all items as they close the polling place.

Starting around 10 p.m., unofficial returns from today’s voting in Wake County will begin to posted here and also linked at the top of

Results are unofficial until a canvass is completed by the Board of Elections 10 days after Election Day on Thursday, May 26 at 11 a.m.

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 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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