2020 General Election Voter Guide
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Why did we create this guide?
This guide provides a fully accessible option for evaluating candidates in the North Carolina 2020 General Election. Disability Rights North Carolina asked all candidates in every North Carolina race a selection of disability-focused questions, specific to each office.
What’s in the guide?
Answers from North Carolina’s 2020 general election candidates on topics that affect your life, information on how to vote, and tips for voting. Disability Rights North Carolina asked the candidates questions about the topics that affect your life. Disability Rights NC tried to connect with all the 2020 candidates, but was unable to do so. This guide contains all the responses we received.
2020 General Election
The primary election is how voters choose a candidate from each party. In the primary election, candidates competed against other candidates in their own political party. The candidate that won the primary election will compete in the general election. The primary election took place on March 3, 2020.
The General Election is how voters decide which candidate will represent them. In the general election, candidates compete against the candidates in other political parties. The General Election takes place on November 3, 2020.
If you are not registered to vote, you must register by October 9, 2020 to vote in this election. Use the North Carolina State Board of Elections Voter Search Tool to see if you’re registered.
In North Carolina, early voting starts October 15, 2020.
The deadline to request an absentee by-mail ballot is October 27, 2020.
Early voting (in-person) ends on October 31, 2020.
Election day is November 3, 2020. Polling places are open from 6:30am to 7:30pm on Election day.
Use the NCSBE Polling Place Search to find your polling location for Election Day.
This guide has been updated to reflect primary results and responses received from each candidate. It will continue to be updated as needed.
3 Ways to Vote
1. During Early Voting – Oct. 15th – Oct. 31st
Voting at an early voting site in your county is generally the best option because the early voting lines are not as long as the lines on Election Day. You should definitely use early voting if you have moved or not voted in several years because you may need to re-register to vote. The option to register to vote and cast your ballot on the same day is only available during early voting at early voting sites. To find your early voting site, contact your local county board of elections. Be sure to prepare for Covid-19 requirements. You can request a voter safety kit to make sure you are prepared.
2. On Election Day – November 3rd
On Election Day go, to your precinct’s polling place. To find it, call 866-522-4723 or use the North Carolina State Board of Elections’ online polling place lookup tool. Polls are open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. If you’re in line to vote by 7:30 pm, stay in line—you will be allowed to vote. If you go to the wrong polling place in your county, ask to use a provisional ballot.
3. By Mail-in Absentee Ballot
Any registered voter may vote by mail. First, submit an absentee ballot request form to your county board of elections by October 27th. You will then be mailed your absentee ballot. Complete the absentee ballot in the presence of witnesses and mail it back to the elections office. Your ballot must be received by the elections office by November 3rd.
- No photo ID is needed to vote in the 2020 primary election. The poll worker will ask you to state your name and address, and to sign in.
- If you are planning to move, be sure to register at your current address by October 9, 2020. If you miss the October 9th deadline, you can register and vote at any Early Voting center before Election Day.
- Any voter in a county can get help inside the poll from a “near family” member (someone closer than a cousin). Voters with a disability (including those with difficulty reading) can get help from anyone, except their employer or union agent.
- You don’t lose your right to vote if you have a traffic ticket, bankruptcy, civil fine, misdemeanor, or outstanding warrant.
- People convicted of a felony in North Carolina or any state may register to vote after serving their complete sentence, including probation. No special document is needed, just register to vote.
- Multipartisan Assistance Teams (MATs) are provided by the local boards of election to help voters who live in certain types of facilities vote via absentee ballot during an election. MAT members are appointed by each county’s local board of elections and are completely impartial. They can help voters request a ballot, complete their ballot, and witness the vote. MATs help voters with disabilities vote for their candidate of choice in a confidential manner. Contact your local county board of elections for more information.