- Early voting is underway, it ends at 5pm on May 5 in most counties. Find an early voting site/hours for your county here. Tell your friends, share on listservs and social media. Turnout is low across the state.
- General voting information links are here.
- Our series on how to find out what districts you're in, what offices you're voting for in May, and how to find out more about the candidates is here. OR check the League of Women Voters info site.
The 2016 election was a wake-up call for many of us, but there are still a lot of potential voters who shrug their shoulders and say, "well, my vote doesn't really matter anyway. It's all about big money and corruption, etc." Big money and corruption ARE huge issues AND there's ample evidence that every vote DOES matter. Remember that recent VA election tie that gave Republicans control of the House of Delegates after a coin toss?
Democracy NC studied NC's municipal elections in 2015 and found that 69 mayoral or town council offices were decided by fewer than FIVE votes; in 31 cases, ONE VOTE made the difference. See if a city near you was one of them. NC has many examples of coin tosses deciding tied local elections, like the primaries that are underway right now.
“Local elections are where citizens can have the most impact and, vice versa, who they choose has a big impact on their lives,” said Sunny Frothingham, senior researcher at Democracy North Carolina. “The winners oversee the police, decide funding for vital services, shape neighborhood development, set tax rates, and more."