You have the right to vote in person!
For 2017, each county has it's own election schedule.
The majority of elections will occur on November 7, but your county may also have elections on September 12 and/or October 10.
(Click on the link if you have not yet registered to vote)
Step 1: Be informed!
Learn about the candidates and what they have to say about disability issues.
Click on the link and input your information to get a sample ballot.
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.
For elections on September 12, early voting is August 24 to September 2.
For elections on October 10, early voting is September 21 to October 7.
For elections on November 7, early voting is October 19 to November 4.
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.
Curbside voting (voting from a car) is available at every voting site, including Early Voting sites, and should be clearly marked in the parking lot. You can vote curbside if you cannot vote inside without assistance due to age or physical disability. Being unable to stand or wait in line is a valid reason. You do not have to "try and fail" at voting inside before you are allowed to vote curbside.
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!
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.
You are allowed to communicate with poll workers non-verbally, in writing, or with assistance.
If your rights have been violated, report it!
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!