Voting is a basic right, yet the process of voting is anything but basic. No worry! This post attempts to break it down for you so you can participate in choosing our government.
There are 5 main steps to the process:
- Register to vote.
Download the NC Voter Registration Form and return it before October 14, 2016. Fill out the required blanks (flagged in red) and any of the optional blanks, sign it and return it by mail to your local Board of Elections office.
- Do a little research.
Know who you’re voting for and why before you show up. A good start is to visit the Wake County Board of Elections website to get a sample ballot (after late August).
- Verify where you go to vote.
Your election day polling place is also printed on your Voters Registration Card, but it’s always a good idea to double-check.
NOTE: You may only vote at the polling location assigned to your home address unless you use an absentee ballot or opt for early voting.
- Decide what time to go.
The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Go before work, after work, during lunch or whenever you have time. If it helps, schedule it with Outlook or Google Calendar and set a reminder for the day before to remind you.
- Show up with your ID and get it done!
Approved IDs include current forms of NC Drivers License/Permit, NC Identification Card, US Passport/Passport Card, Military Identification Card, Veterans ID Card, or certain Tribal Enrollment Cards.
If you cannot make it to the polls on that day for whatever reason (or no reason at all), remember that you have two other options:
This is a high-level guide summarized for simplicity’s sake. Please note there are more details to these rules on the Wake County Board of Elections Website, as well as details on what to do if you cannot get an acceptable form of ID.
Whatever you do, please vote the best way you can. It matters – your vote is your voice.