Information on the upcoming 2020 General Election

The Mebane Enterprise wishes to provide its readers with critical details as Election Day - Tuesday, November 3 - approaches. While we do not endorse local or national political candidates, we encourage all residents to register and vote for their preferred candidates. Listed below is important election details, provided by the Alamance County Board of Elections, and the North Carolina State Board of Elections. 

The Mebane Enterprise wishes to provide its readers with critical details as Election Day - Tuesday, November 3 - approaches. While we do not endorse local or national political candidates, we encourage all residents to register and vote for their preferred candidates. Listed below is important election details, provided by the Alamance County Board of Elections, and the North Carolina State Board of Elections. 

Voter Registration

You may register to vote in Alamance County if you are:

A citizen of the United States

A person 18 years of age or older

A person 17 years of age who will be 18 by the date of the general election

A legal resident of Alamance County and North Carolina for 30 days before the date of  the next election

A person convicted of a felony whose citizenship rights have been restored

 College students registering in Alamance County

 College students can register and vote in the jurisdiction of their residence. A registered voter may only have one residence. If the college student considers his or her school address to be his or her residence, the college student may register and vote in the county where the school is located.

Your residential address is required and is your Dorm or Apt name and number

Your mailing address is your Campus Box Number, Elon, NC 27244 and cannot be used as your residential address

Alamance County has a permanent registration program.  You need to register ONLY if you:

Have not previously registered in Alamance County

Have had your Alamance County registration cancelled because you registered in another county or state

Have had your voter registration cancelled because you were convicted of a felony and your citizenship rights have now been restored

You need to update your registration if you:

Have moved within Alamance County since you registered

Have changed your name

Wish to change your party affiliation

A voter registration card will be mailed to you once your registration application/update form has been processed.  Keep the card.  It tells you the location of your voting place and the districts in which you reside.  You may use the card to change your address, if you move within Alamance County, or to change your name or party affiliation.  If you move out of Alamance County, you may use your card to cancel your registration.

The cards are mailed weekly.  Registration may be placed in an inactive status if a  voter card is returned by the Postal Service as undeliverable.

 Party Affiliation

When you register, you will be asked to declare your party affiliation.  You may register with any recognized party in the State of North Carolina.

Party affiliation determines the primary in which a voter is eligible to vote.  You may also register unaffiliated.  During a partisan primary election, an unaffiliated voter may vote only in a party primary that authorizes unaffiliated voters.  

 Voters will be asked at the polling place to declare the party in which they would like to vote for the primary election.  If there is a second primary for this election the voter must vote the party declared in the first primary.  If no party authorizes unaffiliated voters, they may only vote in non-partisan races and bond issues in the primaries.

Registration Locations

You may register to vote or make changes at the following locations in Alamance County:

Board of Elections, 115 South Maple Street, Graham, Monday through Friday,  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

At any of Alamance County’s Public Libraries during regular hours

Drivers License Examiners Office while there on official business

Various Agencies-Social Services, Agencies dealing with people with disabilities,      Employment Securities Commission and Armed Forces Recruitment Offices

Absentee Voting

Any North Carolina registered voter may request, receive and vote a mail-in absentee ballot in most elections. No special circumstance or reason is needed to vote by mail in North Carolina.

Military or overseas voters have special rights under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). Visit https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-mail/military-and-overseas-voting for more information on military and overseas citizens absentee voting.

The General Election

All registered voters in North Carolina may request an absentee ballot for the November 2020 general election.

Election officials have worked for many months to ensure accessible, safe, and accurate elections in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit https://www.ncsbe.gov/news/press-releases/2020/07/31/statement-about-absentee-ballot-security-north-carolina.

To view guidance and recommendations for mail-in voting from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), visit https://about.usps.com/what/government-services/election-mail/#voters.

Absentee Ballot Tools

Registered voters may request a ballot through the online Request Portal at https://votebymail.ncsbe.gov/app/home or fill out an Absentee Request Form at https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/Forms/NCAbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf and return it to your county elections office. Want to track your ballot through the mail? https://northcarolina.ballottrax.net/voter/. For Absentee Ballot Tools, visit https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-mail/absentee-ballot-tools.

Note: Under state law, a voter’s absentee ballot request information is confidential, not public record until the ballot is returned or until Election Day. Therefore, ballot request information will not appear in your voter record through the Voter Search Tool at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/ as it did in the past.

After you request a ballot, please allow a week to 10 days for it to get to you. If you do not receive your ballot within that time, contact your county board of elections. When your ballot is accepted by your county board of elections, that information will be posted in your voter record.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Does it violate the law if I request an absentee ballot, then change my mind about using it and go vote in person?

Answer: No. Requesting an absentee ballot will not record you in our system as having voted. As long as you do not vote your absentee ballot, you may vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day.

Can a polling place accept my voted absentee ballot?

Answer: Yes, but only during the early voting period from October 15–31. Find early voting site hours and locations in your county by using the One-Stop Early Voting Site Search. Ballots may not be dropped off at polling places on Election Day.

When are absentee votes counted?

 Answer: Upon receipt, the county board of elections staff reviews each container-return envelope for completeness. Beginning five weeks before Election Day, the county board of elections holds weekly absentee board meetings where the approved ballots are inserted into a voting machine. However, results are not tabulated or reported until Election Day.

For more details and answers to absentee voting questions, visit:

By Mail.  Call the Elections Office at 336-570-6755 for locations of forms

 Did you receive mail sent from us and have questions?

 A card can only be sent to your registration address.  See below if you no longer live at the address where you are currently registered.

Have you received a Voter Card for someone who does not live at your address?

Please write on the mailing: “NOT AT THIS ADDRESS,” draw a line through the barcode under the address and place back in your mailbox. No postage is necessary.  In order for us to remove the voter from your address, we need their signature OR two (2) pieces of returned mail.

 Have you moved?

You must re-register every time you move.

Please Note:  North Carolina law requires us to receive your signature not a fax or emailed scan for any of the following:

New Registrations

Change of Party Affiliation

Moved within Alamance County?

Please update your address by completing the Registration Application at https://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/Forms/NCVoterRegForm06W.pdf or by completing the back of your current voter card. Voters who are currently registered in Alamance County can scan and email or fax their change of address on the application form to our office without providing the paper copy.  This can be mailed, hand-delivered, or faxed.

 Alamance County Board of Elections

115 S. Maple St

Graham, NC 27253

336-570-6755

336-570-6757 (Fax)

 New to Alamance County?

 Please fill out the Registration Application, sign it , and return it to our office. This must be mailed or hand-delivered. Thank you for helping ensure we have accurate voter registration lists. 

Registering to Vote

Once you’ve determined you’re someone who can register to vote, there are two primary methods available to apply for voter registration in North Carolina:

Filling out the Voter Registration Form https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/Voter_Registration/NCVoterRegForm_06W.pdf (English Version) or https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/Voter_Registration/NCVoterRegForm_09W.pdf (Spanish Version) and submitting by mail. Visit https://www.ncsbe.gov/registering/how-register/complete-your-registration-mail for more information. 

Using N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) services

Selecting the option to register to vote while applying for a vehicle license or ID

Existing NCDMV customers may submit their voter registration application online through the DMV at https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/offices-services/online/Pages/voter-registration-application.aspx.

Note: Certain Agencies are required to offer voter registration services. For more information, please visit the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) page at https://www.ncsbe.gov/registering/national-voter-registration-act-nvra.

Regular Voter Registration Deadline

Oct. 9, 2020, is the regular voter registration deadline for the 2020 general election. Would-be voters may same-day register and vote in person during the one-stop early voting period (Oct. 15–31, 2020). 

One-Stop Early Voting

Any registered voter or eligible individual may cast an absentee ballot in person during the early voting period. In North Carolina, this period is sometimes called “one-stop early voting.”

One-stop early voting site information is available now for the 2020 general election. To search for one-stop voting sites, visit https://vt.ncsbe.gov/ossite/.

In 2020, the in-person early voting period begins Thursday, October 15, and ends Saturday, October 31. During early voting, voters may cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county. This is different from Election Day when registered voters must vote at their assigned precinct.

When you check in to vote at an early voting site, you may update your name or address within the same county, if necessary. Find early voting sites and schedules in your county with the One-Stop Early Voting Site Search. Note: Voting sites and schedules change for each election and is only available through the search tool once finalized.

To see the voting equipment your county uses for one-stop early voting, go to the Voting Equipment page https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/voting-equipment, and see the map for “One-Stop Early Voting Equipment, by County.”

Same-Day Registration

Individuals who are not registered to vote in a county may register at early voting sites during the early voting period. After registering, the newly registered voter can immediately vote at that same site. This process is called “same-day registration.”

Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of where they live. A voter attests to their eligibility by completing and signing a North Carolina Voter Registration Application. The voter must prove their residence by showing any of the following documents with their current name and address:

North Carolina driver’s license

Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, provided that the card includes the voter’s current name and address.

A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address.

A current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation.

 Within two business days of the person’s registration, the county board of elections will verify the registrant’s driver’s license or Social Security number, update the voter registration database, search for possible duplicate registrations, and begin to verify the registrant’s address by mail. The registrant’s ballot will be counted unless the county board of elections determines that he or she is not qualified to vote that ballot.

Not sure if you are registered to vote? Use the https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/ search tool. For more information, visits https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-early-person#same-day.