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6.8.2020 | Early Voting Advocacy Opportunity | Columbus County

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Columbus Co. BOE Office
2322 James B. White Hwy. N.
Whiteville, NC

Now’s the time to fight for safe and secure voting options this fall.

Counties have been asked to provide their 2020 General Election Early Voting plans to the N.C. State Board of Elections in July.

As a result, the Columbus County Board of Elections may discuss the county’s Early Voting hours and locations at their next meeting, coming up on¬†Monday, June 8, at 3¬†p.m.¬†Due to COVID-19, we would only ask that you attend the meeting to make public comment if you feel comfortable doing so and have personal protective equipment to keep you safe.¬†The meeting will be held at the Columbus Co. BOE Office, 2322 James B. White Hwy. N., Whiteville, NC.

Given the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, without a robust Early Voting plan, lines at the polls could be longer than usual, deterring voter participation and potentially endangering voters’ health. Strong Early Voting plans, with weekend voting hours and sites that work for your community, are the key to making sure this year’s elections run more smoothly.

During the public comment period, take the time to¬†remind the board of elections that you’d like to see:

  • a convenient voting location¬†for young voters¬†in the surrounding community;
  • good satellite voting locations that can serve underrepresented voters, including communities of color;
  • robust weekend hours over the 17-day period to help working voters and curb long lines, including multiple Saturdays; and
  • where possible, larger voting centers¬†that will allow voters and poll workers¬†to safely distance.

To help, we’ve put together a handy¬†Early Voting Advocacy Toolkit¬†and¬†Early Voting Advocacy Report Form¬†so that you can get even more valuable information on how¬†to advocate for good voting options and let us know how the meeting¬†went. Call the Columbus County Board of Elections¬†to confirm the meeting at (910) 640-6609.

Please¬†let us know below that you’ll participate in the June 8¬†Columbus County¬†Board of Elections meeting.

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