1. Register to vote, vote by mail, or get election reminders
2. Election deadlines & events
3. How to register if you live on-campus
4. Early voting & absentee voting
6. How do I look up my voting information, polling place, or sample ballot?
5. Request a Voting 101 Workshop for your class or student group
7. Frequently asked questions (Do I need a photo ID? What if I’m registered at home? Etc.)
8. Voting resources
Your vote is your voice. Learn how to use it! We have compiled a list of tools and resources below to help you. We also have a calendar of important election-related dates and voter engagement events on campus. All events are non-partisan and all political ideologies are welcome!
1. REGISTER TO VOTE, VOTE BY MAIL, OR GET ELECTION REMINDERS
TurboVote is voting made easy. It is an online “one stop shop” voter registration and engagement service, created by Democracy Works, a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit org. It will help you register to vote, vote by mail, update your address, or track elections with text message and email reminders! Sign up by visiting uncg.turbovote.org or clicking the icon above.
2. ELECTION DEADLINES & EVENTS
September 26 – Debate Watch Party- 9pm, School of Education Building 224, refreshments provided!
September 27 – National Voter Registration Day – register to vote in the EUC commons, library, or cafeteria.
October 14 – NC voter registration deadline – if you don’t register to vote by this date, you can still register and vote at the same time during the early voting period from October 20-November 4 at an early voting site. See “Early Voting” below. The Kaplan Center is an early voting site from October 27- November 5.
October 19 – Debate Watch Party – 8:30pm, School of Education Building 120, come win some debate watch BINGO prizes and enjoy refreshments! Co-sponsored by SGA
October 24 – Voting Rights Teach In- Join Dr. Lisa Levinstein (Associate Professor of History) and her class as they share what US history tells us about why your vote matters! Snacks provided and everyone is welcome. Alumni House 2-4pm.
October 20- November 5 – One-stop early voting period for general election
October 27-November 5 – One-stop early voting period begins at Kaplan Center for general election
***November 8 – Election day***
Election Day Rally – November 8th 11am-3:30pm
Stop by the OLSL table in Moran Commons above the fountain to grab a nonpartisan election guide, find your polling place, or ask our fellows any questions you have about voting. We will also have a fun backdrop for your “I Voted” sticker selfie and will have opportunities to win prizes in our raffle for folks who can answer our election trivia questions. Giveaways include t-shirts, candy, and election day themed socks from Hotsox.
3. HOW TO REGISTER IF YOU LIVE ON-CAMPUS
Attention on-campus students ONLY! The sample form below was provided to us by the Guilford County Board of Elections as a sample registration form. It will show you how to correctly fill out your residential address (room number followed by residence hall name) and your mailing address (jdoe2 at UNCG) on a registration form. Use this format for a paper registration form, which can be found in the Office of Leadership & Service-Learning in 217 Elliott University Center, online at the NC State Board of Elections website, or make it easy with TurboVote. If you have further questions about how a UNCG on-campus student should correctly fill out this form please call the Guilford County Board of Elections directly at 336-641-3836.
4. EARLY VOTING & ABSENTEE VOTING
Early voting – Early voting is the period before an election where voters can cast a ballot prior to Election day. You can find early voting sites for Guilford County here. Voters registered in Guilford County may vote at any early voting site in Guilford County. However, once the early voting period is past, voters must vote on election day at their designated polling place. Voters may change their name or address at an early voting site. Persons who are not yet registered in a county may register to vote, and vote, during early voting. This process is called “same-day registration”. If you do choose to register during early voting you will need to fill out voter registration form and provide proof of residence. Proof of residence can be a North Carolina driver’s licence with a current address on it, a photo identification from a government agency, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with your current address. A full list of acceptable forms of proof of residency can be found here on the NC State Board of Elections website. For UNCG on-campus students proof of residency can be the printed official email from Housing and Residence life that will be sent before the election that confirms you on-campus housing status.
The on-campus early voting site (pending State approval) is the Kaplan Center, located at 1301 W Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro. Early voting at this site will be available from October 27th-November 5th with the following hours:
10/27 -10/29- 8am-6:30pm
10/30 – 11am-5pm
10/31-11/4 – 8am-6:30pm
11/5 – 8am-1pm
Absentee voting by mail – Any North Carolina registered voter who is qualified to vote in an election can request and receive a by-mail absentee ballot for any election. No special circumstance or excuse is needed to receive and vote a mail-in absentee ballot. To receive a mail-in absentee ballot for an election, a voter or the voter’s near relative or legal guardian must use the State Absentee Ballot Request form to request the ballot. The ballot must be returned by 5pm on election day by mail or in-person delivery. Find the State Absentee Ballot Request Form on the State Board of Elections website.
5. CHECK YOUR VOTER INFORMATION
The North Carolina State Board of Elections public voter search will provide you with information about when you voted, where you’re registered, what your sample ballot will look like (what you’re voting on), what districts you’re in and much more! This is also a great way to make sure your status is active.
North Carolina: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/voter_search_public/
Other states: http://www.canivote.org/
6. REQUEST A VOTING 101 WORKSHOP
We know the voting process can be confusing. This is why the Office of Leadership & Service-Learning, with support from the UNCG Voting Initiatives Committee is inviting faculty and student groups to sign-up for our interactive Voting 101 Workshop. Trained student voter engagement fellows along with OLSL staff will cover the importance of voting, UNCG voting rates, current voter registration requirements, and how and where voting takes place. Participants will have the opportunity to register to vote during this workshop. All content is non-partisan and friendly to all political ideologies. This program can be tailored to fit a 15 or 30 minute time block. If interested please consider scheduling before the NC voter registration deadline on October 14, 2016. To schedule a workshop please contact Kristina Snader at email@example.com or 336-
7. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I register as?
- Its up to you! This is what the NC State Board of Elections says about party affiliation: “There are three recognized political parties in North Carolina: Democratic, Republican and Libertarian. Voter registration applicants may choose one of these political parties when completing a voter registration application, or they may choose not to register with a political party affiliation. In this case, the voter’s party affiliation will be designated as Unaffiliated. North Carolina has a semi-closed primary system. In a partisan primary, voters who are affiliated with a political party may only vote the partisan ballot for the party for which they are affiliated; they are closed from voting in another party’s primary. Unaffiliated voters may vote in any one recognized party’s primary. In a General Election, voters may vote for the candidate(s) of their choice, regardless of the candidate(s)’ party affiliation. There is no longer straight-party voting in North Carolina. Voters must make a separate selection for each contest separately.”
What if I’m registered at home?
- Students attending college in North Carolina may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.
- Students may choose to register or remain registered at a permanent address in North Carolina or outside the state. In this case, students may need to vote by absentee ballot or travel there to vote.
- You may only vote in one location.
Do I need a photo ID?
- No, not unless you are a first-time voter who did not provide their NC drivers license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your initial voter registration form. In this specific case you can show a photo ID with your current address or another HAVA document (see details here).
- On July 29, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down photo ID requirements and associated laws in North Carolina (S.L. 2013-381, as amended by S.L. 2015-103. The state is considering its options. Barring a different outcome on appeal, photo ID will not be required in the upcoming general election.
8. VOTING RESOURCES
- Democracy NC Non Partisan Voter Guides
- Change Politics
- Campus Vote Project
- North Carolina Student Voting Guide
- North Carolina Polling Place Locator
- Project Vote Smart