Early voting is rolling now 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." Here's updated absentee voting info for counties most affected by Hurricane Florence. Take your family, friends, co-workers. Kids get a "future voter" sticker!
In a recent, NCAE News Bulletin, Mark Jewell, President of the North Carolina Association of Educators, charged members to talk to others to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) for pro-public education candidates. He reminded them that what more than 20,000 teachers, parents, students, and public education supporters started on May 16, the historical March for Students and Rally for Respect, would conclude at the polls on November 6. The group has stuck to it's promises to organize for change as they held an“education summer," knocking on doors to remind people to GOTV with public education in mind. Across the state NCAE affiliates have been hosting education town halls, phone banking, and Schools Vote Together events. Some groups like Guilford County Association of Educators plan to march to the polls together on November 3, the last day of early voting.
Though many people holding public office were not listening back on May 16, we know that some up for re-election and many new candidates were. Some groups have put together questions to ask candidates including the North Carolina Justice Center and Public Schools First NC. NCAE local affiliates conducted interviews with candidates and from these created a list of endorsed candidates which are published on the infamous Apple Cards. Right now, the single most important thing we can do to improve education in North Carolina is to vote for education! Join the movement! Vote for pro-public education candidates (see a list here and look for NCAE Apple cards at your polling site). Vote against the tax cap amendment which will contribute to schools being underfunded, and vote for school bonds. Bring a friend to the polls. Get out the Vote! Contact your local NCAE affiliate to find out what events are being held in your area or fill out this form to volunteer with NCAE. Many events are open to the public for all public educator supporters to attend.