Counties are considering their Early Voting plans for the 2018 General Election. Given the short timeline for decision-making on Early Voting plans, it’s important to have Early Voting advocates like you ready to take action for your communities.
NOTE: A new law (House Bill 335) restores Early Voting on the last Saturday of Early Voting before Election Day in 2018 ONLY and allows flexibility in one-stop Early Voting sites on coastal islands without bridge access. Under the proposal, a county board of elections must conduct one-stop voting on the last Saturday before the election from 8:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. and can conduct one-stop early voting until 5:00 P.M. on that Saturday. House Bill 335 revised a law passed by the N.C. General Assembly days earlier,(Senate Bill 325), which had eliminated the final Saturday of Early Voting. Weekday scheduling mandates — requiring uniform (7 a.m.-7 p.m.) weekday hours — remain. Implementing this strenuous weekday schedule will force counties to reduce the number of Early Voting sites and reduce popular weekend hours. The bill provides no additional resources for election officials.
#1 – Look up your County Board of Elections and call or visit their website for meeting times.
# 2 – Download the “2018 Early Voting Advocacy Packet,” full of resources to learn the best ways to influence the hours and locations your county offers voters during Early Voting and a paper report form for documenting what happens.
#3 – Download the “Where’s the Action at your Board of Elections?” FAQ to help you understand what’s happening at your County Board of Elections and what it does.
# 4 – Want to quickly share out information about Early Voting discussions and planning from your County Board of Elections meeting? Fill out our online Early Voting Advocacy Report Form.
#5 – Review prior General Election Early Voting plans for your county and use it as a guide to prepare to advocate for similar (or better) plans in 2018.
A few things to keep in mind when looking at these plans:
Questions? For more information about how to advocate for better Early Voting Plans, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-OUR-VOTE.