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Feb 13, 2020

Early Voting Starts TODAY

It's officially here: early voting starts for the state of North Carolina TODAY. The primaries aren't until March 3rd, but you can take advantage of this early window to make your voice heard over the coming weeks and get your vote in before polls are packed on Election Day.

We've pulled together the essentials for you below to help answer any questions you may have. Equality NC hopes you'll take some time over the coming weeks to exercise one of our most basic rights as Americans, and consider our list of endorsed candidates for both state and local elections as you head to the polls.

What is a Primary Election?
A primary election is when voters pick who will represent their party in the general election on Nov. 3. If you're registered with a specific party, you must vote in that party's Primary. If you're unaffiliated, you may request a Democratic, Libertarian or Republican ballot, or nonpartisan ballot, if available.

Where can I vote early?
You can find the closest one-stop early voting location on the North Carolina Board of Elections website.

Do I need an ID?
NO! The North Carolina Voter ID law was blocked on Dec. 31, with the federal judge who issued the injunction citing racial discrimination as a motivator for the legislation.

I'm not registered! Can I still vote?
YES! Folks who are not registered in a county may register at early voting sites during the early voting period. Once you register, you can immediately vote at that same site. Head here to view the materials you need to register to vote.

Who should I vote for?
If you're looking for pro-equality candidates, we've done our best to carefully select individuals who embody a commitment to fight for our communities. You can find that list here.

In such a chaotic and confusing time for our country, voting is one of the tangible ways that we can ALL fight back and work towards building a better North Carolina -- and America -- for the years to come.

Happy voting! We'll see you at the polls!

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