Friday, October 10, 2008

Haven't registered to vote? Don't despair.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Today is the last day to register to vote on Election Day. Mailed applications must be postmarked Oct. 10, and the Board of Elections will accept on-site registration until 5 p.m. Here's a

map to the Mecklenburg Board of Elections office on Kenilworth.

If you forget to register, you can still register and cast a ballot at one-stop early voting, which begins Thursday. Here's how, courtesy the state Board of Elections:

The process is sometimes referred to as “In-Person Registration,” but it is important to recognize that it not permitted on Election Day itself.

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 [such as]:

o A telephone or mobile phone bill

o An electric or gas bill

o A cable television bill

o A water or sewage bill

* A document with name and current address from a local, state, or U.S. government agency, such as:

o A passport

o A government-issued photo ID

o U.S. military ID

o A license to hunt, fish, own a gun, etc.

o A property or other tax bill

o Automotive or vehicle registration

o Certified documentation of naturalization

o A public housing or Social Service Agency document

o A check, invoice, or letter from a government agency

o 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

If you cannot supply an acceptable form of identification for Proof-of-Residence, your registration application cannot be fully processed until the required information is provided.

Registered voters may also update their address and change vital information in an existing registration record at the One-Stop Site, but they are not allowed to change their party affiliation during the One-Stop Voting period that precedes a partisan primary.

You can find your polling place or make sure you're registered here.

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