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2021 Hot Tips for Voting Wallet Card

VOTING in Municipal Elections

Many cities and towns have elections in the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022. Winners oversee police, city services, and have the power to affect your life.

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View this helpful resource on how to vote in Municipal Elections!

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View this helpful resource on how to vote in Municipal Elections!

Hot Tips for Voting
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View this helpful resource on how to vote in Municipal Elections!

3 voting options are available to all registered voters:

  1. One-stop Early Voting at any site in your county, including on weekends.

  2. Absentee voting by mail or hand-delivered to your county BOE or Early Voting site.

  3. Election Day voting from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM at your assigned polling place.

PRO TIP: Avoid problems by voting early in-person during the 17-day Early Voting period or by mail if you can. If you’re in line by 7:30 PM on Election Day, you can still vote.

Voting questions? Visit ncvoter.org or call 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683).

KNOW ALL OF YOUR OPTIONS to vote in 2021 using our TOP 10 TIPS

  1. REGISTER. You can register to vote at your current address—online or by print form—25 days before Election Day, or in person at an Early Voting site. A 17 year-old may register and vote if they will be 18 by Election Day. Register again if you move. If you’re displaced by COVID-19, register and vote in the county you consider your home. For more rules, visit demnc.co/register.
    * PRO TIP Check your registration now to make sure you’re ready to vote at demnc.co/lookup.
  2. VOTE EARLY. Many counties offer Early Voting. You can register AND vote on the same day during the 17-day Early Voting period ONLY. Just fill out a form at your county’s Early Voting site, and show one of the following with a name and address: a gov’t document, pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, or student ID with a school document showing your name and address. Find your Early Voting site at demnc.co/voteearly.
  3. ABSENTEE VOTE BY MAIL. Many counties offer absentee voting by mail. Any registered voter may vote by mail. Learn the latest rules about what you’ll need and who can help you vote by mail at demnc.co/absentee.
  4. BEEN LOCKED UP? DON’T GET LOCKED OUT. If you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor, you never lose your right to vote. If you’ve been convicted of a felony but have finished your sentence, you can vote. If you are currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction, you may be able to vote. For more information, visit demnc.co/notlockedout.
  5. ASSISTANCE. A near family member may help you vote; voters with a disability or difficulty reading may get help from anyone (except their
    employer or union agent). You have the right to vote curbside from your vehicle if you can’t reach the voting room due to age, a physical or mental disability, or you have COVID symptoms, can’t wear a mask, or have a medical condition that puts you at greater risk of COVID. Problems voting curbside? Call 888-OUR-VOTE.
  6. BACK-UP PLAN. If you go to the wrong precinct and do not have time to get to your correct precinct, you can vote a provisional ballot. If you are told that you cannot vote a normal ballot for another reason, you have the right to vote a provisional ballot. Ask for it! If you are denied a provisional ballot, call 888-OUR-VOTE immediately.
  7. VOTE YOUR ENTIRE BALLOT. You can take a cell phone or paper list into the polls to help remember your choices for each elected office, but no photos are allowed. If you mess up your ballot, just ask for a new one.
    * PRO TIP Review your sample ballot and nonpartisan voter guides at ncvoter.org for more on your local races.
  8. VOTE IN-PERSON SAFELY. Officials are planning precautions at in-person sites, including masks, sanitizers, single-use pens, and social distancing procedures.
  9. ELECTION DAY. Polls are open 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Vote at your polling location, NOT an Early Voting location. Visit demnc.co/lookup to find your Election Day polling location.
  10. 10. ID RULES. You do not need to show a photo ID to vote. Courts have blocked NC’s photo ID requirement to vote. You should not be asked to verify your identity at the polls unless you use same-day registration (tip #3) or are a first-time voter in your county and your registration was not already verified.
    * Learn more at ncvoter.org

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