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“Been Locked UP? Don’t Be Locked Out!” One-pager (New for Fall 2020)

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"Locked Up? Don't Get Locked Out" One-Pager

Download this resource full of important voting rights information — updated for Fall 2020!

BEEN LOCKED UP?
DON’T BE LOCKED OUT!

If you’ve been convicted of a FELONY: you temporarily lose your right to vote.

You temporarily lose your right to vote. In NC, you automatically get back your right to vote after you serve your sentence. You just register and vote like any eligible voter (see registration info on back) and you don’t need a special document that says your rights are restored. Thanks to a 2020 legal victory even more voters who have felony convictions can now vote. Learn more at: demnc.co/notlockedout. All of this means people serving extended probation, parole, or post-release supervision because they have outstanding monetary obligations (fines, fees, restitution) can now vote.

You can register or re-register if ALL of the following apply:

  • You are serving a term of extended probation, parole, or post-release supervision;
  • You still have outstanding fines, fees, or restitution as a result of your felony conviction;
  • You do not know of another reason that your probation, parole, or post-release supervision was extended.

If you have questions about your specific circumstances, please contact Forward Justice via email vote@forwardjustice.org, or by calling 877-880-8683.

If you’ve been convicted of a MISDEMEANOR: you never lose your right to vote.

“You can register and vote, even if you’re in jail. Register and fill out an absentee ballot request form by mail or online so it arrives at your county’s board of elections at least a week before the election. Need help? A near relative can also help you request, witness, and return your ballot. More info and forms at demnc.co/absentee.

You can register and vote, even if you’re still in jail. Register, and complete and mail an absentee ballot request form (available at demnc.co/absentee) so it arrives at your county’s board of elections at least a week before the election. Provide an address on your registration form (and absentee request) where you can receive mail – either the jail, your home, or the home of a near relative who can help you vote (spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild).

Got questions?

Call or text Democracy North Carolina at 888-OUR-VOTE or visit ncvoter.org

How to Register & Vote

REGISTER ONLINE OR BY MAIL

GO ONLINE to demnc.co/register to find steps to register to vote online or by downloading a mailable registration form.

MAIL or deliver the form to your county board of elections at least 25 days before Election Day. Find your county board at demnc.co/yourboe.

CONFIRM your registration by visiting demnc.co/lookup or look for a postcard in the mail from your county showing your registration was received and other info

SAME-DAY REGISTRATION AND VOTING

You can register to vote in-person at any Early Voting site in your county – and vote there, too. You can only do this during Early Voting (NOT on Election Day).

To register, bring one form of ID with your name and current address, such as NC driver’s license, utility bill, vehicle registration, or any letter, bill, license or document from a local, state, or federal government agency.

Some election laws are being challenged in court and rules could change before you vote.

For the latest on where or how to vote, call or text 888-OUR-VOTE or visit ncvoter.org.