N.C. NAACP encourages early votingBy Cash Michaels, Contributing writer / October 21, 2016
The NCNAACP has sent out nonpartisan “Talking Points” for voters and prospective voters taking part in the November general election, reminding all about what changes in North Carolina election law since the recent U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down parts of the 2013 voter ID law that sought to suppress the African-American vote.
Early voting begins today across the state until Saturday, Nov. 5, the last Saturday before the November 8 election. You can find information about your County’s Early Voting plans by calling the county, or going to NC NAACP’s Web site: NCNAACP.org, or to NCVoter.org.
During the entire Early Voting Period “Same-Day Registration” will be available, which allows voters to register and vote on the same day. If you are an eligible voter, it is your right to be heard in this election. Go during the Early Voting period to make sure your vote counts. NOTE: If you are registering for the first time, bring a document to confirm your identity and current address, such as bank statement, utility bill, paycheck, document from a government agency, or driver’s license. All voter’s voices should be heard this Election.
First, there is NO PHOTO IDENTIFICATION requirement in North Carolina this election.
Back-Up Safeguard for Votes Cast on Election Day – If you go to the wrong precinct on Election Day (Nov. 8) or have a problem at the poll, you have a right to vote with a provisional ballot and to make sure that it is counted.
On Election Day, Tuesday November 8, polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Anyone in line by 7:30 p.m., must be allowed to vote. Vote at your precinct, not an early voting site. For help: Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE
Voting by People with Fully Served Felony Sentences – In North Carolina, you can register like a new voter after serving a felony sentence, including all probation or parole. No extra documents or process is required. A civil fine, restitution or misdemeanor does not block your right to vote.
Assistance – A near family member may help you vote. Voters with a disability or reading hardship can receive assistance from anyone who is not an employer or union agent. Curbside voting is available for people with disabilities.
Straight Party Voting is not available this election. Voters will need to mark their choice for every race and flip the ballot over to indicate your choice for local races. If you make an error on your ballot, ask for a new one.
You Can Review the Ballot In Advance and Write Down Your Choices – You can review your ballot ahead of time, and bring a written aid to help you in the voting booth or an electronic aid on your phone. Just remember: no photographs are allowed within the voting area.
Sunday Voting: At least 22 counties currently will offer at least one day of Sunday Voting: Those counties include Anson, Buncombe, Catawba, Craven, Cumberland, Durham, Greene, Guilford, Hoke, Hyde, Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Sampson, Vance, Wake, Wayne, and Wilson.
Absentee ballots that allow voters to vote by mail are already available to North Carolina voters and will be available until November 1. Your ballot must be delivered back to the elections board by Election Day. Read the instructions carefully.