Absentee voting by mail is underway, ballot request deadline is Feb 25. Details here.
It's time!! Early voting starts today and ends on Feb 29 - yes, we got that crucial last Saturday before election day back, thanks to the hard work of our Democratic legislators in Raleigh. VOTER ID IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THE MARCH 2020 ELECTION! Make your plan to vote NOW!
Why vote early?
- You get to pick a time and place that are convenient for you.
- Lines usually are shorter.
- If there's any problem with your voter registration, there's time to fix it.
- You can register for the first time or update your registration (e.g., if your name or address have changed) and vote at the same time.
- If you're registering for the first time during early voting, take a government photo ID or a document or online bill with your name and current address, for example, a bank statement, utility bill, pay stub or government document. It does not need to have a photo of you.
- Ditto the last point if you're a new voter who already registered, but didn’t list a drivers license number or last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration application.
- You get to show off a swell "I voted" sticker for weeks and ask strangers in line at the grocery store if they voted!
- Before you go, check your sample ballot and know who you're voting for. Need to find your ballot? NC State Board of Elections. The League of Women Voters Vote411 site will have sample ballots and candidate questionnaire responses.
- Find your early voting sites and hours. Keep clicking "Next Site" at the bottom to be sure you see all the available sites.
- VOTE THE WHOLE BALLOT, from the bottom to the top. State and local governments have a big impact on our daily lives! You'd be surprised how many people don't vote the whole ballot since the Republicans did away with straight ticket voting in 2013, check out this Flip NC post.
- Do you or does someone you know have accessibility issues and need help voting? Check here. People with mobility issues should request curbside voting.
If you have a problem voting
- Ask to speak with the Chief Judge at the polling site. Many issues are resolved quickly on site.
- If you're not satisfied, Democracy NC staffs an Election Protection Hotline to provide real-time voter information and help with voting problems. Contact the Election Protection Hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683). You may see Democracy NC Vote Protectors at some polling places who can help you call.
- Request a provisional ballot. Despite rumors and all its election issues over the years, NC has not had a verified issue involving provisional ballots being discarded or not counted. Don't be afraid to use a provisional ballot!
- Voters may cast a provisional ballot if there questions about their qualification to vote or to vote in a specific precinct (e.g., if their stated address doesn't match the address in the official record).
- Provisional voters are given a Provisional Identification Number (PIN) to use along with their date of birth to check the status of their provisional ballot, which is posted online about 10 days after the election.
- Provisional ballot status also can be checked by calling (919) 733-7173, (866) 522-4723, or the county board of elections office.
- If your provisional ballot was rejected for what you believe to be an invalid reason, contact your county board of elections office to request an appeal.
- More about provisional voting from Democracy NC and NC Board of Elections.
Check out these previous posts for more info:
- Get ready to vote: Find your candidates and learn about them
- Get ready to vote: Be sure you're registered and find your districts
- The primary is coming, what's a primary?
Make a date with yourself to vote early and take your family and friends - make it a party! Our democracy is worth it.
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