Remember way back in June when the the NCGA was passing a flurry of election-related bills? The predictable, and perhaps intended, result of S325 is now clear: at least 15 county Boards of Elections have been unable to reach unanimous decisions on early voting plans. The list of counties as of today includes:
Brunswick, Gates, Pitt, Buncombe, Henderson, Randolph, Dare, Lincoln, Robeson, Durham, Orange, Rockingham, Gaston, Pender, Wake
Read more about many of the involved counties here.
The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement (NCSBE) will meet at 3 pm on Sunday, Aug. 5, in the Main Auditorium of the Wake Forest University School of Law at 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27109. It is open to the public. The agenda includes the consideration of petitions to establish one-stop early voting plans in 15 counties. Meeting documents will be posted here.
What can you do if you live in one of these counties? The NCSBE has an online comment portal that will take comments through Thursday, Aug. 2. If you know the specifics of proposed plans in your county, let them know what you prefer and why. If you have personal experience (eg, as a poll worker or volunteer, have had trouble getting to the polls in the past personally or people you know), include that. If you don't know the specific proposals for your county, let them know that you support the most robust plan that includes Sunday hours and sites that are easily accessible by public transportation and most used by communities that have been disenfranchised historically, based on data from previous elections.
See more early voting advocacy resources from Democracy NC.
A healthy republic depends on making voting as easy and accessible as possible to the largest number of eligible citizens!