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;" there's a false rumor that not marking your ballot is the same as voting against - that is NOT true. Here's updated info for counties most affected by Hurricane Florence. Take your family, friends, co-workers - make it a poll party, post a picture.
Many November 6 ballots will include Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors. Find out if you'll be electing these folks in your county by going to Vote411, entering your address, then clicking "on your ballot" and following prompts. If there is, you'll see links to candidate's campaign websites and their answers to several relevant questions. So what do these people actually do?
According to the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website, "Soil and water conservation districts and their governing boards of supervisors were formed nationwide based on enabling legislation passed by congress that grew out of the devastating Dust Bowl and other critical conservation problems of the 1930s. This federal legislation encouraged states to pass legislation for the establishment of local soil and water conservation districts."
Each of NC's 96 districts is governed by a five-member board of supervisors. Three supervisors are elected on the general ballot as non-partisan candidates during the regular election of county officers, and two are appointed by the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission based on recommendation of the local district board of supervisors. Districts are based on county lines with the exception of the Albemarle district, which comprises Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The district board of supervisors meets monthly to establish local soil and water conservation priorities based on the needs of the district.
Districts work closely with county, state and federal governments and public and private organizations to carry out a comprehensive conservation program that protects and improves the county's natural resources while assisting private landowners in using conservation practices. This partnership has been the backbone of highly successful efforts over the past 75 years to address serious problems across the state including soil erosion, flood damage and water quality problems.
With the environmental challenges facing our state, these local elections give voters an opportunity to choose the people they want identifying and addressing local environmental issues. Learn about your candidates and VOTE!