Now’s the time to fight for safe and secure voting options this fall.
The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections plans to discuss Early Voting hours and locations for the 2020 General Election at their next meeting, on Tuesday, June 9, at 5:15 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the meeting will be held by telephone and the public will be allowed to listen in and make comments. So call this number at the meeting time on Tuesday: 980-314-0698.
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 those serving communities of color;
- robust weekend hours over the 17-day period, including multiple Saturdays and at least one day of Sunday voting; 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. Your actions this month could make a big difference for good voting options during this fall’s high turnout election. And don’t forget, meeting times and dates can change quickly. Call the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections to confirm (or if you have trouble connecting to the meeting phone line) at (704) 336-2133.
Please let us know below that you’ll participate in the June 9 Mecklenburg County Board of Elections meeting.