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NC Voter registration laws & rules

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