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 Watauga County Board of Elections may discuss the county’s Early Voting hours and locations at their next meeting, coming up on Tuesday, June 9, at 5 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. Here’s how to connect on Tuesday:
Dial +1 929 205 6099, Once you call, you will be prompted to enter the following code: Meeting ID: 824 3639 5615 & Password: 112233
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 Watauga County Board of Elections to confirm the meeting at 828-265-8061.
Please let us know below that you’ll participate in the June 9 Watauga County Board of Elections meeting.