Neighbors on Call is one of the canvassing groups in the Triangle and Triad that gets a personal plug from me (Flip NC is another, they target different districts). You can meet NoC folks in your area and learn about their 2020 plans at "Now What?" events across the Triangle, Feb 3 & 4. Details and RSVP link.
The 2020 primary is around the corner: absentee ballot by mail voting has already started (request deadline is Feb 25), early voting is Feb 13-29, and election day is March 3. Voter ID is NOT NEEDED for the March 3 primary as long as you're already registered to vote. We're here to help you get ready!
First, be sure you're registered to vote at your current address and know what districts you're in - and they're different for various national, state, and local races, so you're in a bunch. It's always a good idea to check your voter registration status before an election. Our first stop is the NC State Board of Elections (NCSBE), which will serve three purposes:
- discover the resources that are available on that website
- be sure you're registered to vote
- find out what districts you're in for various races
Let's get started with NCSBE. Take a moment to look at the menu options and nose around, there's a lot of info here.
Next, click voter/absentee lookup, which will take you to a form requesting your name and county. Hit submit and take a deep breath while it looks for you. If you're registered, you'll soon see a page that says "active" and has your county and name. If you're not registered, scroll down to see what to do next.
If you're active, click on your name and whoopee, a goldmine! You'll see your personal information, polling place, sample ballots, voting history, and absentee requests. The district info we're looking for is under Jurisdictions.
Yours will be different, of course, but you can make a note of all this info to make it easier to find YOUR candidates - which we'll do next week.
If you're NOT registered and think you should be, find and contact your county board of elections. There's no penalty for submitting a new voter registration form if you're already registered, so submit a new one or plan to register during early voting if there's any question.
If you're not registered to vote in NC, start here and check the qualifications to vote:
- you're a US citizen
- you're at least 18 years old or will be 18 by November 3 (you can vote in the primary if you'll be 18 by the general election)
- you've lived in NC and at your current address for at least 30 days before March 3
- if you've been convicted of a felony, you've fully completed your sentence, including probation/parole. If you've been charged and not convicted with a felony, you can vote. If you've been convicted of a misdemeanor, not a felony, you can vote.
If you're qualified to vote, download and complete the voter registration form and mail it to or drop it off personally at the NCSBE or your county Board of Elections. Those addresses and phone numbers are on pages two and three of the form. February 7 is the postmark/drop-off deadline to register to vote for the March 3 primary - unless you register during early voting. Yep, it's a little confusing, and that's why we love early voting so much - register and vote at the same time!
Remember you can register or update your registration (e.g., if you've had a name or address change) and vote at the same time during early voting, but NOT on election day. If you're registering for the first time during early voting, take a drivers license or a document or online bill with your name and current address - photo ID is NOT needed. Good reason to vote early!
Check the primary election info and great resources in my Jan 23 post if you missed it.
ARE YOU READY TO VOTE?
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