Oct. 14 Deadline to Register to Vote in General Elections Looms
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Have you registered to vote in the Nov. 8 general election? If you’ve moved, do you need to update your address on your registration? Has your son or daughter turned 18? Be aware that Oct. 14 is the deadline to register or update your information so you can vote in the general election. UPDATE: Note that If you live in Wake County and forgot to register to vote in the general election, you can do same day registration during the early voting period, which begins Thursday, Oct. 20. If you are a Wake County registered voter who has moved, you can update your address during early voting or on Election Day.
Act now and you will be able to cast your vote. Act now, and you can set a good example for your children that can make a difference for generations to come. Our kids are always watching us, whether we realize it or not, and seeing us vote can help them become engaged citizens.
“Parents often spend a lot of time knowing that they have to raise a healthy child — a child [who] goes to college and learns a lot,” Kreuger says. “But they often don’t realize their role in shaping a good citizen. The biggest indicator of whether a child will grow up to become an active voter is not race or income level or education, it is whether or not your parents were active voters and shared that with you.”
The Wake County Board of Elections reports that many people remain unregistered and or need to update their address on their registration. Here are Voter Registration FAQs from the Wake County Board of Elections:
How do I know if I’m registered?
Wake County residents can view their voter registration information on readytovote.com, the website of the Wake County Board of Elections. Residents should make sure their name, address and other information is up-to-date.
How do I register to vote?
To register to vote on Nov. 8, or to update your information, you need to fill out a one-page form. The signed formed must be:
- Postmarked by Oct. 14 and mailed to Wake County Board of Elections, PO Box 695, Raleigh, NC 27602.
- Delivered to the Wake County Board of Elections office at 337 S. Salisbury St. in Raleigh by 5 p.m. on Oct. 14.
- Printed and scanned, then emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on Oct. 14.
- Faxed to 919-856-5864 by 5 p.m. on Oct. 14.
Is it important to update my address if I have moved?
Yes. If you have moved and do not update your address before the voter registration deadline, you will not be listed in the poll book at your new polling place.
What information do I have to provide to register?
To register to vote, you’re required to provide your full name, birth date and residential address. You will need to confirm your citizenship and that you will be at 18 years old at the time of the election, and sign the form.
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