Voting 101: Are You Prepared for the Polls?
This year's upcoming presidential election has made for one of the most contentious races in years. No matter where you come down on the issues, it is important that you vote to make your choice count. If you are new to the Carolinas or a new voter and aren't sure what to do to be able to cast your vote, here are some tips to make sure you are ready come election day:
How do I register? Registration is easier than ever: visit www.ncsbe.gov for North Carolina voters and www.scvotes.org for South Carolina voters. Once there, the website will walk you through the steps needed to register.
In North Carolina, will I be able to register? In North Carolina you can register to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, you have lived at your address for at least 30 days prior to the election, you are at least 18 years old, and you are not serving a sentence for a felony. Make sure you complete your registration 25 days prior to the upcoming election.
In South Carolina, will I be able to register? In South Carolina you can register to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, and you have never been convicted of a felony (or if you have, that you have served your sentence and re-registered to vote). South Carolina has no length of residency requirement in order to register to vote. Make sure you complete your registration 30 days prior to the upcoming election.
Do I need an ID to register this year? Note that in the 2016 election, Non-photo ID's are required in both states in order to be eligible to vote. Those without valid ID's can still vote, but will have to take additional steps for their ballot to be counted.
Can I vote by absentee ballot? In North Carolina, any registered voter who is qualified to vote in an election can request and receive a by-mail absentee ballot for any election. No special circumstance or excuse is needed to vote by absentee ballot. In South Carolina, one is qualified to vote by absentee ballot if he or she is unavailable for various reasons. See www.scvotes.org's absentee voting section for more details.
Follow these steps to be able to vote in the upcoming elections. Exercise your right and make your vote count. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th. See you at the polls!