Friday, January 28, 2022

Play

The Indiana House passes a controversial bill barring schools from teaching about Critical Race Theory; and President Biden pledges to place a Black woman on the Supreme Court for the first time.

Play

Justice Stephen Breyer formally announces his retirement; the Dept. of Education will help students who fell behind during the pandemic; and AZ lawmakers consider a bill granting them control over elections.

Play

Free COVID tests by mail but some rural Americans need to go the extra mile; farmer storytellers join national campaign to battle corporate consolidation; specialty nurses want more authority; and rare bat gets credit for the mythic margarita.

NC Early Voting Begins Today: What You Need to Know

Play

Wednesday, October 17, 2018   

RALEIGH, N.C. - Early-voting precincts are open today for people to cast their ballots in advance of the November election date. With constitutional amendments, U.S. House, state and local seats all up for grabs, interest is high in North Carolina and people are being urged to take advantage of the early-voting opportunity.

Tomas Lopez, executive director of Democracy NC, said there's one more reason to consider voting early.

"In case there's any kind of issue at all with your registration, it's a great idea to go during early voting, get it taken care of," he said. "You can also possibly help avoid some of the lines that we sometimes see on Election Day."

Unlike some neighboring states, early-voting precincts in North Carolina offer one-stop voting, where people can register and vote at the same time. You are not required to present a photo ID when voting, but may need to show proof of address, such as a utility bill, if it's your first time voting in the precinct. Early voting runs until Nov. 3.

While there is voter enthusiasm behind the midterms, some citizen-engagement advocates are concerned about voter fatigue from the supercharged and largely negative political climate. Lopez said even the act of not voting is making a choice - albeit with repercussions.

"When somebody says, 'Well, I'm not voting because I want to stay out of this whole thing,' the truth is, you're not staying out," he said. "There's a decision - and there are consequences that come from not voting, whatever your vote would have been."

Reporting by North Carolina News Connection in association with Media in the Public Interest and funded in part by the Park Foundation.

North Carolina lawmakers passed a law this year mandating that all early-voting sites in the state maintain the same hours, which is making early voting more expensive in some cases and prompting counties to limit their hours in others. The North Carolina Board of Elections has an online database you can search to find early voting locations as well as hours. That and more is online at ncsbe.gov.


get more stories like this via email

Solar energy would have been used to replace carbon-based power sources under Arizona's proposed clean-energy plan. (andreiorlov/Adobe Stock)

Environment

Frustrated environmental and clean-energy advocates say after four long years of debate and compromise, regulators sent Arizona back to the starting …


Social Issues

South Dakota continues to grapple with its low ranking when it comes to paying schoolteachers, but the issue is getting focus in 2022, including a …

Health and Wellness

Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to limit the growing cost of prescription drugs. Senate Bill 5532 would establish a …


The rural and forested Pennsylvania Wilds are home to lots of wildlife species, including elk, white-tailed deer, bobcat and black bear. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

The Maryland Air National Guard is considering a proposal to establish airspace where military planes would fly as low as 100 feet over the Pennsylvan…

Environment

The state of Illinois is allocating nearly a quarter-billion dollars to support new downstate transit and ports projects. Roughly half will go …

Drug overdose deaths topped more than 100,000 in 2021, according to the CDC. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

Advocates and faith groups are calling for more investments in harm reduction across the state, as new provisional data shows overdose deaths have …

Social Issues

More than 300 Kentucky farmers participated in the state's Farms to Food Banks program last year, and at a recent virtual rally, state officials said …

Social Issues

Farmers and ranchers in Montana and across the nation are calling on Congress to pass the American Beef Labeling Act. Most food is required to have …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021