You have the right to vote in person!
(Click on the link if you have not yet registered to vote)
Step 1: Be informed!
Step 2: Find out when you can vote.
You can vote on election day: Tuesday, November 8th. The polls will be open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. They have to let you vote as long as you are in line by 7:30!
You can vote during the early voting period. However, because some of North Carolina's voting laws were struck down by the courts recently, parts of early voting have changed!
All counties are required to have early voting between Thursday, October 20th through Saturday, November 5th. Click on the link to find out where and what time the early voting locations are going to be open in your county! If an early voting site is not open when it is supposed to be, report it!
You must be allowed to register to vote when you do early voting (you cannot register on election day). If someone won't let you to register while early voting, report it!
When you register, you should provide your Voter Registration number, Drivers License number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you do not know any of these, bring a photo ID or something like a utility bill or pay stub that has your name and address instead. If someone still won't let you to register, report it!
We can let you know if this changes if you click the link to sign up for Election Alerts!
Step 3: If you are going to vote on election day, click the link to find your polling location.
Step 4: Go to your polling location.
Polling locations must be accessible to people with disabilities, both on election day and during early voting. This includes having curb-side voting and at least one working accessible voting machine set up and ready for you when you arrive.
If your polling location is not accessible, report it!
Step 5: Get your ballot.
You DO NOT need to show a photo ID to vote! North Carolina's voter ID law was recently overturned by the courts!
If a poll worker says you have to show a photo ID to vote, report it!
However, if you did not provide your Voter Registration number, Drivers License number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number when you registered to vote, and this is your first time voting, you will have to bring photo ID or something like a utility bill or pay stub that has your name and address.
Step 6: Fill out your ballot.
- You can fill out your ballot by yourself. No one can tell you who to vote for!
If your disability makes it more difficult to fill out a ballot, almost anyone help you vote if you want. It could be a friend, family member, support worker, or poll worker. The only people who can't help you are your employer or your union (if you belong to one).
The North Carolina State Board of Elections sent to every county in the state guidance on how poll workers must interact with voters with disabilities.
Step 7: Turn in your ballot.
But you're not done! The best way to protect your rights is to stay engaged!
Visit Disability Rights NC's website to learn more about becoming a self-advocate!