Early voting has begun in North Carolina. With all the shifting pieces in this year’s electoral puzzle, our friends at Democracy NC are providing much-needed answers to some of the questions you may have as you prepare to exercise your right to vote. This from Democracy NC’s Associate Director Jenn Frye:
To review your March Primary ballot, you’ll want to:
- Enter your first and last name. Common name? Add your birthdate or county too.
- Check out your registration status and click on your name.
- Find your Election Day polling place and sample ballot for the March Primary.
Once you have your ballot, you’ll see this primary election is about so much more than just a party’s presidential pick. In many counties, North Carolinians will have the opportunity to vote for county commissioners and board of education members, as well as your nominees in many statewide offices — all of whom make a huge difference in our everyday lives. And if you’re one of a quarter of North Carolinians who identify as an unaffiliated voter, poll officials will give you a choice of voting either a Republican, Democratic, Libertarian or Unaffiliated Ballot.
As always, if you have election questions or experience problems at the polls, please call the Election Hotline: 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683).
Finally, we strongly encourage you to vote early, from March 3 through March 12. The best way to avoid confusion (not ot mention the risk of bad weather, long lines, or other problems on Election Day) is to vote early at an Early Voting site in your county, where all types of ballots will be available and registration issues can be resolved.
Questions about voter id? Those are answered as well.
This election year is shaping up to be one of both challenges and opportunities. Let’s meet the first and shape the second by exercising our Constitutional right to choose our local, state, and national leaders.