Friday is the last day to register to vote in North Carolina. Well, sort of.
Anyone who wants to vote on Election Day – that's Nov. 4 – needs to register no later than Friday. But a recent change in state law will allow people to register and vote during early, one-stop voting, which begins Oct. 16 and ends Nov. 1.
So why should anyone worry about the Friday deadline?
Convenience, for one. Registering and voting during one-stop voting will take longer and elections officials are anticipating lines.
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“Anyone who thinks they can go to these locations or even on Election Day and not have to wait longer than 15 minutes, somebody is fooling themselves,” said Johnnie McLean, a deputy director at the N.C. State Board of Elections.
To register, a person must be a U.S. citizen and 18 years old by Election Day.
In Mecklenburg County, you may pick up a form at any public library, at any town hall or at the Board of Elections office (741 Kenilworth Ave.), or print a form at www.meckboe.org.
Those who wait until early voting to register will need a driver's license or other proof of name and address, such as a utility bill, pay stub or bank statement. (Raleigh) News & Observer and Staff Reports