Selecting responsible leaders is our right and our responsibility – fortunately in our country, it is also a freedom. Voting is our basic democratic right, an American principle and a right that should be protected, advocated and exercised. One-stop voting kicks off Thursday, October 20 in the Tar Heel State. “During the one-stop absentee voting period, registered voters may vote at any one-stop early voting site in their county of residence,” according the the NC State Board of Elections.
One-stop or “early voting” is a convenient way to ensure that citizens have time to vote in our state. North Carolina’s early voting for the November 2016 General Election begins November 20 and runs through November 5. Early voting polling stations will open at 6:30 A.M. and close at 7:30 P.M. (Voters should check the one-stop absentee schedule in their county to determine specific hours for each early voting site). The NC State Board of Election Website states that one-stop voting provides an all-purpose solution for those seeking to:
- avoid potential voting delays on election day;
- vote on convenient days and during non-working hours;
- avoid any registration conflict that could trigger the necessity of a provisional ballot on election day; or
- update their voter records in their counties of registration if they have moved since last voting.
Election Day is November 8 and polls are open 6:30 AM–7:30 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 7:30 PM. For more info on early voting and voting locations, visit http://www.ncvoter.org. To view a sample ballot for your district, click here.
Plan to Vote by Mail?
Any registered North Carolina voter may request an absentee ballot by mail; however, the request deadline is November, 5 by 5:00 PM. A civilian absentee voter must return his or her voted ballot in the container-return envelope provided to the board of elections in enough time for the ballot to be received by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day (11/8/2016). Click here for more NC voter information.
Voting is our Voice
Voting matters so cast your vote locally, regionally and nationally. Democracy works best when it is well represented. Voting is the foundation of a democratic society. Not everyone’s voice is heard when only half the country is voting so get out and vote and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to engage in the process.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
– John Quincy Adams
Nearly two hundred years after Adams held the office of President, we should note that the only vote lost is the one that was never cast. Get out and vote and cheers to the world’s oldest democracy!