It is not too early to start planning how to vote in the 2020 election.
There are a couple ways to ensure that you will be able to cast your vote in this important election instead of waiting in line on Election Day: either request an absentee ballot or vote early.
The easiest way to get an absentee ballot is call the Alamance County Board of Elections at 336 570 6755. They are open Monday – Friday, 8:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m.. Ask them to send you an “Absentee Ballot Request Form”.
Here is a link to NC State Board of Elections and complete information about voting absentee and a link to request an absentee ballot form.
The NC State Board of Elections has scheduled to begin mailing out absentee ballots September 4, 2020
Absentee voters must vote on their ballot in the presence of one witness. The witness must also sign the absentee return envelope.
North Carolina State Board of Elections gives 12 reasons why absentee voting is safe.
Here are 12 reasons why absentee by-mail voting is a safe way to vote according to the state’s Board of Elections:
- Election officials send ballots only to registered voters who request them using official request forms.
- The voter or their near relative must fill out and sign the request form. Required information includes the voter’s date of birth and the voter’s driver’s license number or last four digits of their Social Security number.
- Fraudulently or falsely completing the form is a Class I felony.
- In 2020, voters must vote on their ballot in the presence of one witness. The witness must sign the absentee return envelope, certifying that the voter marked their ballot and is the registered voter submitting the ballot.
- Only the voter or their near relative or legal guardian may return the ballot. County boards of elections keep a log of who drops off absentee ballots.
- Upon return, the county board of elections reviews the absentee envelope to ensure compliance with the legal requirements.
- Once the ballot is accepted, that voter is marked in the system as having voted in that election. If that voter tries to vote in person, poll workers will know the person has already submitted an absentee ballot.
- Data on who has requested absentee ballots is now confidential until Election Day. This reduces the ability of third parties to attempt to tamper with ballots, as they will not know who has requested a ballot or when ballots are sent out.
- Criminal penalties have been increased for absentee voting fraud-related offenses.
- Many people are watching North Carolina’s absentee voting process, including candidates, political parties, county boards of elections, political and data scientists and the media. If there are anomalies or questionable activities, they will be reported to election officials.
- The State Board Investigations Division, which has a dedicated team of experienced investigators, investigates credible allegations of election fraud and refers cases to prosecutors when warranted by the evidence.
- The State Board conducts post-election audits which will catch inconsistencies which can then be investigated by the board or the Investigations Division.
Early voting will start in North Carolina on October 15. We are expecting some changes to early voting in Alamance County and we will have them posted here as soon as they become available.
Check Your Voter Registration!
You can do same day voter registration or make changes to your voter registration during early voting.
Check your Voter Registration HERE
If you have a NC driver’s license or DMV-issued ID, you can also update your voter registration or register to vote at the link HERE.