Groups are organizing multiple Souls to the Polls events in Orange County this weekend to take advantage of Sunday early voting hours. This election cycle is the first where Sunday voting is an option in Orange County.

The Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition and Justice United are holding a rally on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Peace and Justice Plaza. The residents will then march down Franklin Street to the Chapel of the Cross polling station. This group is encouraging Chapel Hill residents to vote to support the $10 million affordable housing bond on the ballot in Chapel Hill.

Meanwhile, the Chapel Hill – Carrboro NAACP is among the organizations holding a Souls to the Polls event at Carrboro Town Commons, featuring gospel music and refreshments.

A third Souls to the Polls event is planned for the Farmer’s Market Pavilion in Hillsborough.

Early voting locations are consistent with recent elections in Orange County – the Board of Elections office in Hillsborough, Carrboro Town Hall, Chapel of the Cross near the UNC campus, the Seymour Center and Efland Ruritan Club.

Polls are required to be open uniform hours under a new state law. Each site will be open for early voting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

There has been an uptick in voting turnout through the first few days of the early voting period compared with the mid-term election in 2014.

Early voting runs through November 3. Election Day is November 6.