Category Archives: Voting

Important Update for 2015 Election: Same-Day Registration, Out-of-Precinct Voting Allowed

From the good people at Democracy NC:

“This may come as a surprise, but… due to ongoing legal wrangling, Same Day Registration during Early Voting and out-of-precinct voting on Election Day are in effect for the 2015 elections – at least until Federal District Court Judge Schroeder rules in the Monster Law case argued in Winston-Salem this summer.

Same Day Registration is a critical, “fail safe” option for citizens who have moved across county lines, are new to the state of North Carolina, or have recently become eligible to vote – and who miss the 25-day registration deadline (Sept. 11th for the Oct. 6th election, and Oct. 9th for the Nov. 3rd election).

To use Same Day Registration (only available during Early Voting), a voter must provide one of the following identifying documents to an election official at an Early Voting location:

  • NC driver’s license
  • Other government photo ID
  • Utility bill, bank statement, or payroll stub with name and current address
  • Student photo ID with a school document showing the student’s address
  • Any document from any government agency with the voter’s name and current address.

Out-of-precinct voting means that on Election Day a voter can cast a ballot that will be counted (at least in part) at any voting precinct in his or her county.

Again, a court ruling could change this situation, but for now Same Day Registration and out-of-precinct voting are the law of the land.”

Is there ever a good reason not to vote?

When does a voter not vote?

We would argue – never! All of those who have the right to B9315269001Z.1_20141201234703_000_GDB99MNA2.1-0participate in the process should. If we don’t, we are allowing others to control the system. Their values and beliefs may not align with our own, and they will be the ones putting leaders in power.

In a recent opinion piece, Camille Threats [pictured] writes about how she – a former congressional campaign communications director – made a decision NOT to vote. Do you agree or disagree with her argument?

Read her justification here.

 

Election 2014 is over. Now what?

Election 2014 has come and gone, and more than 2.9 million North Carolinians voted. While this number is the highest total of voters to participate in a mid-term election, it fell just in the middle if looking at percentage of Election North Carolinaregistered voters who participated. Just 44% of North Carolinians who were registered to vote actually cast a ballot.

It’s clear that we still have a lot of work to do in order to ensure all North Carolinians have their voices heard. Some parts of the new voting law went into effect this year, creating some confusion for voters who went to the incorrect precincts on Election Day. One of the changes for 2014 was that North Carolinians could no longer cast provisional ballots if they voted out of their precinct.

Voters experienced long waits during the early voting period (October 23 – November 1). The number of early voting days was reduced; however, these sites offered the same number of hours to vote as in previous years. Despite the extend voting hours, North Carolinians still experienced wait times of up to two to three hours in some locations.

Here at the NCLCV Foundation, we are crunching the numbers to help inform our work for 2015 and beyond. This year, we were able to help 15,000 North Carolinians register to vote, and our canvassers knocked on more than 175,000 doors in Mecklenburg, Forsyth, Guilford, Wake, and Harnett counties between October 13 and November 4. We are incredibly proud of all of our team members!

Stay tuned: voter education is a never-ending process. The issues at stake may change, but the need to participate in the democratic process will not. In fact, it will only continue to become more important as fears over dark money and special interests drowning out the voices of constituents grows.

News Clipping: Campaign workers pounding streets to get voters to polls

Watch the full video here!

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The nation’s most expensive Senate campaign race is down to the wire, with polls opening across North Carolina for the 2014 mid-term election Tuesday morning.

Experts say the Senate race between Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis, and Sean Haugh increased early voter turnout. New numbers show nearly 200,000 more voters cast their ballots before election day compared to the election four years ago.

The candidates are also hoping for a high voter turnout on Tuesday.

On Monday, partisan and non-partisan groups were on the ground going door-to-door handing out leaflets and urging people who haven’t already cast ballots to do so on Election Day.

“We’re just making sure that they’re prepared for when they go to the poll place,” said Monica Massamba, with the non-partisan group North Carolina League of Conservation.

Canvassers believe ground work will get those few extra votes needed to ensure a victory.

“That’s when you actually get to see the constituents, and go to see all the people that are affected by the laws that are being made,” said Massamba.

For Sarona Bedwan, getting people educated about voting is a privilege she takes seriously.

“As a Palestinian, knowing about people trying to prevent you from doing the things that you need to do, it’s motivating,” she said.

Bedwan has been working with the North Carolina League of Conservation voters since September. In the last two months, she’s covered Gastonia, Mooresville, Statesville and Charlotte.

Her group uses tablets to track voters and map their walks. With the thousands of door knocks and steps, Bedwan and her team believe they’re making a difference.

“Building relationships – it’s hard and tedious work – but it’s really worthwhile,” Bedwan said.

Canvassers say they will continue knocking on doors until about 8 p.m. Monday.