Saturday Nov 1 NC Voters last chance to register or correct registration problems

One last chance. Saturday. November 1st.
Early Voting.
Extra Hours.
Same Day Registration,
Correct problems with your registration.

“NC elections board allows early voting extension” By MIKE BAKER – RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Early voting sites in North Carolina can stay open an extra four hours Saturday to help deal with record turnout, the state Board of Elections ruled Thursday

Are you registered to vote?

These students weren’t!!!
Warning. Anyone who wants to vote must check online to make sure they are registered. Saturday is your last day to clear up any registration problems. You need to be registered to make your vote count! Some voters have fallen off the rolls due to glitches or for other reasons. If you have moved out of your county and didn’t update your registration, you may have fallen off the rolls.

In their report, 2008 Primary in Review , Electionline advised that in NC, 69.3% of provisional ballots issued that could not be counted were for voters who were not registered to vote. 14.2% of voters whose ballots were not counted had been removed from the rolls. Electionline did not provide the number of provisional ballots.

Check! Check the State Board of Elections voter look up or call your County Elections Office. If your name doesn’t isn’t in the voter rolls, you can vote early and register to vote if you want a regular ballot. Find your early voting site, and bring some form of ID. Same Day Registration has been a boon to voters, including those who were registered but fell off the rolls. In the May 2008 primary, according to the State Board of Elections, about half of the people who used same day registration were correcting registration issues.

You must be registered to vote for your ballot to count. Saturday is your last chance to register or correct problems. On November 4, election day, voters will not have the opportunity to use same day registration in the event that they have fallen off the voter database, or to correct any problems with their registration.

If you have a problem with your registration and do not correct it, you may be issued a provisional ballot. These ballots are not counted on election day and have to be reviewed and approved by your County Elections Board. The Board has up until canvass day (about 10 days later) to count these ballots.

North Carolina issued 31,381 provisional ballots in May 2008. That is a big decrease compared from 92,621 provisional ballots issued in the 2006 General Election, with similar turnout numbers. Correct registration problems and get a regular ballot.

The State Board of Elections explains how to register during early voting and what are acceptable forms of ID:

To use this process, a citizen must (1) go to a One-Stop Voting Site in the county of residence during the One Stop Absentee Voting period, (2) fill out a voter registration application, and (3) provide proof of residency by showing the elections official an appropriate form of identification with the citizen’s current name and current address. The new registrant may vote ONLY at a One-Stop Absentee Voting Site in the county of registration during One-Stop Absentee Voting period and not on Election Day.

Acceptable forms of identification include:
A North Carolina driver’s license with current address
A utility bill with name and current address
A telephone or mobile phone bill
An electric or gas bill
A cable television bill
A water or sewage bill
A document with name and current address from a local, state, or U.S. government agency, such as:
A passport
A government-issued photo ID
U.S. military ID
A license to hunt, fish, own a gun, etc.
A property or other tax bill
Automotive or vehicle registration
Certified documentation of naturalization
A public housing or Social Service Agency document
A check, invoice, or letter from a government agency
A birth certificate
A student photo ID along with a document from the school showing the student’s name and current address
A paycheck or paycheck stub from an employer or a W-2 statement
A bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement

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