Council for Children’s Rights encourages everyone to vote. Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd, but there are still mail-in and early voting options available.

 

Before You Vote

Check your registration here:

Enter your name, year of birth, and county to make sure you’re registered before you vote.

If you find your registration has lapsed, no worries! You can register and vote at a one-stop early voting site.

View your sample ballot:

After you check your registration, you can also view your sample ballot and find your polling location. Your sample ballot shows the elections in which you’ll be voting. The sample ballot provides the candidates’ names and office they are running for as well as bond issues and constitutional amendments. After you find your sample ballot, it’s your responsibility to research the candidates and issues to ensure you’re an informed voter.

Make a plan to vote:

After you’ve decided on your candidates, decide if you’ll vote by mail, at an early voting site, or at your precinct on election day.

Learn more about your options below.

Thinking about Voting by Mail in the 2020 Election?

Here’s What You Need to Know in Four Easy Steps …

All registered North Carolina voters are eligible to vote by mail using an Absentee Ballot.

Request your ballot online here. Ballots must be requested by 5 pm October 27, 2020.

Return the ballot via mail, using a courier service (i.e., DHL, FedEx, UPS), in person at the County Board of Elections office, or at an open early voting site in the county. Learn more about early voting sites in Mecklenburg here.

To be counted, ballots must be postmarked by 5 pm on November 3, 2020. Ballots without a postmark must be received by Election Day.

To ensure your ballot is received and accepted, it is recommended ballots be returned early.

Track your ballot through BallotTrax, the State Board’s Voter Search Tool, or by contacting your county board of elections.

BallotTrax

By creating an account, you can track the status of your ballot (e.g., requested, mailed, received, accepted). If your ballot isn’t accepted, the portal will also provide information on how to correct the issue with your ballot. Find more information here.

State Board’s Voter Search Tool

By searching your name, year of birth, and county, you can view your full North Carolina voting record. This record will be updated after your absentee ballot is accepted and the portal will show you voted in 2020. This portal will not provide information about whether your request for a ballot was received or if the ballot is in the mail. In addition, this portal will not provide information if your ballot requires corrections. Find more information here.

Contact the County Board of Elections

If you have questions about the status of your absentee ballot that cannot be answered through BallotTrax or the Voter Search Tool, contact your County Board of Elections. Please be advised that county board offices are extremely busy. The Mecklenburg County office can be reached at 704-336-2133.

Learn more about absentee voting in North Carolina here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-mail/absentee-ballot-tools

Thinking about Voting Early in the 2020 Election?

Here’s What You Need to Know …

Mecklenburg County has 33 early voting sites that are open from October 15 through October 31. Mecklenburg County residents may choose to vote at any of the early voting sites. Eligible individuals can register AND vote at any of the early voting sites.

Learn more here: www.meckboe.org

Thinking about Voting On Election Day in 2020?

Here’s What You Need to Know …

If you’re planning on voting in-person on Election Day, find your polling place by entering your address here.

Polling locations are open from 6:30 am until 7:30 pm on Election Day. You can vote as long as you’re in line before 7:30 pm.

Remember: if you vote on Election Day, you must have an up-to-date registration and vote at your assigned polling station.

Learn more here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-person-election-day

Author

Jaimelee Behrendt-Mihalski, MA
Policy Advocate

Jaimelee Behrendt-Mihalski is the Policy Advocate at Council for Children’s Rights. A graduate of DePaul University with a B.A. in community psychology, she moved to Charlotte in 2013 where she completed a M.A. in community psychology and certificate in nonprofit management at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is expected to complete her Ph.D. in health psychology/community psychology in December 2020.

She is drawn to this work because she sees herself and her childhood friends represented in the children served by the Council. A child of an incarcerated parent who attended an underfunded public school, she grew up alongside children who were in foster care, needed special education and mental health services, caught in the middle of custody battles, or were in youth detention facilities. Because of her background and because she was “fortunate enough to have supports and — as a white woman — a lot of unseen privilege” she feels it is her imperative to use her talents and knowledge to shine a light on injustice in systems that impact children.

Jaimelee lives in Charlotte with husband Alex and their dog Behr. 

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