Voter education: What you should know before heading to the polls

Election day is nearly upon us, which means thousands of Americans will take to the polls to cast their ballot for their candidate, if they haven't done so already.

If you're one of the many waiting to the last second to get out and vote, there are some things you should know before heading out to the polls. After all, you don't want to wait in line only to realize you're missing a document, photo ID, etc...

In order to vote, you must be registered in the state within which you reside. Check if you're registered to vote in North Carolina.

You must also be a U.S. citizen and be 18-years-old on/by November 8.

Voting Requirements in North Carolina:

  • Live at your North Carolina address by October 9. If you moved within North Carolina after October 9, you must vote at your old precinct
  • Not be in jail, on probation or on parole for a felony
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state

In person ID requirements:

If you've voted in North Carolina before, no problem. You do NOT need to show ID to vote in person on Election Day.

On July 29, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down photo ID requirements and associated laws within North Carolina. So what does that mean?

Photo ID will NOT be required in the general election.

However if you are a first time voter, it may be a good idea to bring one of the following, just in case:

  • Driver's license or state ID
  • US Passport
  • Employee ID
  • Student ID
  • Military ID
  • Utility bill, bank statement or paycheck

You do not need to provide a photo ID to vote absentee by mail.

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List of candidates on ballot (Mecklenburg County)