Know Your Rights

Know Your Voting Rights

Nine Major Changes to North Carolina’s Election Rules That Affect You:

1. No voter may register and vote on the same day.

2. In-person absentee and early voting has been reduced from 17 days to 10 days. Voting is conducted from 10 days prior to the election through 1 p.m. on the Saturday before the election.

3. No straight-party voting. Voters must mark their choice in each race on the ballot.

4. No out-of-precinct voting on Election Day. You must vote in your home precinct.

5. Beginning in 2016, you will need a picture ID to vote.

6. Prior to 2016, election officials will ask if you have a photo ID, but you won’t need to show it. They cannot turn you away if you refuse to answer or don’t have one.

7. A 17-year-old who will be 18 on or before the general election can register and vote in the general election.

8. Candidates from the party of the governor will be listed first on the ballot, with other candidates following alphabetically by party.

9. Any voter can request a mail-in absentee ballot vote by mail, but must use an official State Board of Elections form to request an absentee ballot. The ballot must then be filled out in the presence of two qualified voters or a notary public.

Now that you know the new rules, let your voice be heard and vote!