You have the right to vote in person!
(But first, you must be registered.)
Step 1: Be informed!
Get a sample ballot so you know what candidates and issues are on the ballot.
Learn about the candidates' views on disability issues and other issues you care about.
Step 2: Find out when you can vote.
Election Day - Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The polls will be open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. Poll workers have to let you vote as long as you are in line by 7:30!
Early Voting Period. All counties are required to have early voting. For the 2018 general election, the Early Voting Period runs from October 18 to November 3.
You must be allowed to register to vote at the Early Voting site if you are eligible but are not already registered. (You cannot register on Election Day.) If someone won't let you to register during Early Voting, report it!
When you register, you should provide your Voter Registration number (if you have one), Driver's 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!
Sign up for Election Alerts and we will let you know about any changes to North Carolina's voting laws.
Step 3: To vote on Election Day, 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, Driver's 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 this guidance on how poll workers must interact with voters with disabilities. You may want to print this out and bring it with you.
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!