Tips for Voting

1. Am I registered?

You must be registered in your county by October 14, 2016 to vote in the General Election. Learn if you are registered at www.ncsbe.gov. Enter just your last and first name, not a middle name or birth date, and hit Search. If your name doesn’t appear, try using just a couple letters of your first name with an asterisk (*) as a wild card, or maybe you registered using a middle or nickname as your first name. For help, call the Buncombe  County Board of Elections at 828-250-4200.

2. When is the best time to vote?

The General Election is Tuesday, November 8, with polls open from 6:30 am - 7:30 pm. However, the best time to vote is during Early Voting from October 20 - November 5 for the General Election. You can update your registration if you’ve moved within your county and you can address other issues that may arise. And it may rain or worse on Election Day! If you wait until Election Day, you must vote in your own precinct’s polling place. You may also vote by mail

3. Where do I vote? Who is on my ballot?

The look-up feature for checking if you are registered (described above) takes you to your registration page, which includes the location of your precinct’s polling place and a box for “Sample Ballots” with a hot link to your ballot for the general election (click on the 4 or 5 digit code under Ballots).  

4. Do I need an ID? 

On July 29, 2016, a federal appeals court struck down North Carolina’s restrictive omnibus voting law in a sweeping victory for voting rights, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.” No photo ID is required for voting in the 2016 General Election.  Click here to read a summary from our partners at Democracy NC. 

5. Can I bring this Guide or a list?

You can take a list of your choices into the polls to help you, but don’t leave the list behind or show to others inside the voting room. Have the list on paper; using a cell phone inside the voting room is not allowed. 

6. Can I ask for assistance?

A family member can help you vote at the polls. If you have a disability or difficulty reading (due to language or vision), you have the right to assistance from anyone of your choice except your employer or union agent.

7. What if there’s a problem?

If you have a problem at the poll, you have the right to receive a provisional ballot and a way to learn if that ballot counted, or if not, the reason why not. If you make a mistake on your ballot as you vote, ask the official for another one.

8. What if I have a misdemeanor or felony conviction?

If you have a misdemeanor conviction, you never lose your right to vote, even if you’re in jail. If you have a felony conviction, you temporarily lose your right to vote while serving your sentence. Once you have completed your sentence (including any probation or parole), you are eligible to register again and vote. Register like anyone else. No special paperwork is needed. 


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