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NC Voter registration laws & rules

NC Voter registration laws & rules



Laws and rules regarding voter registration in North Carolina

Laws and rules regarding voter registration in North Carolina



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    • Voter Registration in North Carolina Laws and Rules
    • Who Can Register Voters?
      • Anyone can register voters even if they themselves are not yet eligible to vote. No special certification is required.
      • Tax-exempt organizations may only conduct nonpartisan voter drives.
      • If you accept a completed voter registration form, you must turn it in or you are breaking the law.
    • Federal Law Requires I.D. to Register
      • New voters can choose to:
      • Provide their driver’s license number on the voter registration form
      • Provide the last 4-digits of their Social Security number on the voter registration form
      • Mail in a copy of an acceptable form of I.D. with their voter registration form, or
      • Bring an acceptable form of I.D. when they go to vote the first time
    • Acceptable Forms of I.D.
      • A Driver’s License or state issued ID
      • Military ID
      • Passport
      • Bank and/or utility statement
      • Paycheck
      • Government-issued check, or
      • Any other government document showing current address
    • Keep in Mind
      • You must have lived at an address for at least 30 days prior to an election to vote from that address.
      • Coercing people to register with a particular party is against the law!
      • A volunteer can fill out a registration form for someone, but the registering voter MUST sign the form themselves.
    • Just the Facts, Please
      • It’s a felony to let someone deliberately provide false information on a voter registration form.
      • It’s also a felony to fraudulently vote.
      • Someone who registers and votes using false information is committing two felonies.
    • People Who are Homeless Can Register to Vote
      • When registering someone who is homeless (or in between permanent homes) remember:
      • A residence is the place where a person sleeps or spends most of their time. If that’s a shelter, use that address as their residential address.
      • If the person’s residence doesn’t have an address, they can draw a map or diagram showing nearby roads or landmarks.
      • The mailing address can be a PO Box, a local shelter, a church, or any other location where the person receives mail.
    • People with Felony Convictions Can Register to Vote
      • Once all the terms of the sentence are complete (including probation or parole) a person’s right to vote is automatically restored. This is sometimes referred to as being “off paper.”
      • But, they will need to register again using the same voter registration form as anyone else.
      • People convicted of a misdemeanor never lose the right to vote, even when in jail. While in jail you may vote by Absentee Ballot.
    • Respect Registration Deadlines
      • Forms should be turned in or mailed to the Board of Elections within 7 days of being completed.
      • Beware of the 25-day deadline before Election Day. For the 2012 Primary the deadline is April 13th. For the 2012 General Election the deadline is October 12th.
      • Recommend Same Day Registration & Voting to voters if the 25-day deadline has already passed.
    • Your Obligation as a Registrar
      • If you accept a completed voter registration form, you are legally required to turn it in to the County Board of Elections by the registration deadline.
    • First Things First
      • The “Answer First” boxes at the top of the form must be completed in order for the voter registration form to be processed.
      • If someone answers “No” to the citizenship question, DO NOT allow them to complete the form.
    • Learn the Rules
      • First-time registrants should provide I.D. information (either driver’s license number or the last 4-digits of Social Security number) on registration form.
      • If someone is unsure if they have registered before, they should provide I.D. information.
      • The form MUST be signed and dated by person who is registering to vote.
    • Learn the Rules
      • Encourage registering voters to include their phone numbers , so that the Board of Elections can call if there are any questions about the form.
      • Use a regular registration form to cancel a previous registration at a former address.
    • Looking for More Info?
      • We’ve got all the information you need and more at our special elections website:
      • www.ncelectionconnection.com
      • The State Board of Elections website is also a great resource:
      • www.ncsbe.gov