Early voting has started and ends on Nov 3. Find your county's early voting sites and schedules. People can register to vote during early voting, but not on Election Day, Nov 6. Use the link to find out what you need to take with you to register. NO PHOTO ID IS NEEDED TO VOTE! To vote AGAINST all six constitutional amendments, you must mark your ballot "against." Take your family, friends, co-workers - make it a poll party, post a picture (just not of your ballot)!
In the news this week: the elections! Most of you reading this are informed, savvy Carolinians, so I’ll spare you another repetition of how crucial voting is for all of our causes moving forward.
Instead, I’ll recommend you read back over the posts this week and last week if you have questions about the offices up for election on your ballot and what they do, and share these links widely, because you likely have friends and family who aren’t as informed as you are. I especially recommend sharing Monday’s post. In my outs and abouts both in real life and on the internet I’ve heard a lot of false and misleading information about absentee ballots and early voting going around. I can’t say for sure if it’s simply ignorant voters spreading false information or if it’s another targeted campaign by those on the right to stop us from voting, but in the end, that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that we vote. If our votes didn’t matter, they wouldn’t be trying so hard to stop us.
Speaking of widely-shareable links, Aylett Colston of EveryVoiceNC wrote an absolutely delightful rhyme about the 6 constitutional amendments. Everything is better when it rhymes, right?
This public service announcement is brought to you by Wake County Republican rep Chis Malone: don’t take a photo of your ballot. It’s illegal.
The early voting data in North Carolina tell a hopeful story. So far, many more people from all across the political spectrum are voting than normal, which makes these early voting numbers look more like a presidential race than the one it is: an election without a big-ticket race like a presidential or congressional one. Even more heartening: Democrats are, so far, outpacing any other party in the number of ballots cast. Let’s keep it up!
Republicans and Democrats have been lobbing accusations back and forth of violating campaign finance laws. NCGOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse has filed a complaint this week against NC Supreme Court candidate Anita Earls alleging her campaign coordinated with NC Families First, a tax-exempt "independent expenditure group" to air an ad. The NC Democratic party filed a complaint last week contending that the Carolina Leadership Coalition is working in concert with Moore and other House Republicans in violation of state election laws.
This week in "They said what?", Haywood County Board of Elections member Cornelia Cree, a Republican appointee, has resigned after posting on social media that Democrats plan to legalize pedophilia to gain Catholic votes.
This piece by the Washington Post gives each state a score from 1-50 on how easy it is to vote there. It's illuminating. North Carolina's score is fair to middling at 24, which is actually lower than I thought it would be. Either way, it indicates that the less restrictive voting laws are, the more people vote. Simple, obvious logic...and yet more ammunition in our fight for equal voting rights.
On the subject of ease of voting: some ballot machines in Guilford County have been malfunctioning, according to the county's board of elections. This article is referencing electronic ballots, which Durham doesn't use. We have paper ballots, which we feed into machines that say "approved" when they're accepted. In either case, heed the director's words and check your ballot carefully before you turn it in.
This year there won't be any signs up letting people know there is no photo ID required to vote. Even though there is an amendment on the ballot regarding photo ID, that does NOT mean it is required for voting in this election. Despite what the SBOE director Kim Strach– a McCrory appointee-- says, this could cause more confusion than it's likely to assuage. Pass this onto your networks. Someone you know may be basing their decision to vote on this change.