Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Voting (but were afraid to ask)

From the mountains to the beaches, it’s time to get out and vote in North Carolina!   Here’s the low-down:

Where do I vote?

Search by address here and find your precinct. You can search by your name here to find your election day polling place.

On Election Day, you can vote at different precinct in your county on Election Day, but it will be a provisional ballot so I  recommend you vote at your assigned precinct.


How do I know if I am registered?

You can search by your name here  to check out your registration and your polling place.

I don’t have a North Carolina driver’s license.  Can I still vote?

Yes!  Because of a court ruling, you do not need an ID to vote  – except if you are a new voter in your county and your voter registration form was not fully verified, in which case you need a government document, pay stub, utility bill (you can go on-line and print a copy if you have an e-bill), bank statement, or student ID showing your address.

What should I bring with me?

You do not need to bring a picture ID to vote; however, if it is the first time you have voted in your current county, I recommend that you bring a government document, pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, or student ID showing your address just in case.

Ugh. I am fed up with politics. I don’t like either candidate.

Hey, there is a lot more than the presidency at stake here!   State and local elected officials  affect your daily life –  you have the opportunity to elect judges, state lawmakers, NC Secretary of State, Superintendent of Public Instruction just to name a few.   You can find information on the candidates for all these races here.  You can also make your own handy “model ballot”  here  and your customized ballot will be emailed or texted to you.


Hey, it could be worse.

Can I bring my notes or sample ballot with me?


Puh-lease, that is just too many people. Ain’t nobody got time for that.   I am just going to vote the “straight party” ticket.

Um, you can’t do that any more. There is no longer any “straight party” voting.

WHAT?? No straight party voting? I can’t just check one box and be done?!?!?

No. The state legislature did away with that. See,  THIS is exactly why you should make sure you vote in state elections – they do all kinds of stuff!

Do I have to vote for every office?

No – you can vote in some races and leave the others blank if you wish – no one will penalize you if you don’t finish.  But I really hope you do vote in every race – the decisions  folks in state and local government make affect us all every day! This non-partisan voter guide has info on all the state and local candidates AND you can make your own customized “cheat sheet” here.

What if I have a problem? What if someone tries to stop me from voting?

If you have any problems, call the NC voter hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE, or on twitter you can use the hashtag #VoteHot to alert the hotline folks about any issues you encounter. bpimughg

 Why are you doing this?

I am a true-believer in this Great Experiment of  American Democracy.  A government for the people, by the people is not going to be perfect, because people are not perfect.  But I think we are all kinda over monarchy, and communism doesn’t sound too appealing.   We can’t really get by with NO government (unless you are Mad Max), so we all need to do our part to make this democracy thing work.


For more information, see any of the following non-partisan resources:


North Carolina State Board of Elections




Democracy North Carolina