Over the past few months we have been overwhelmed with political campaign advertisements for candidates whether it’s been on social networks, TV, or in print ads. We have seen our family, friends, and even celebrities endorse candidates and their campaigns and it has become a social media trend to post a selfie with your “I voted” sticker. As Americans, being able to express our concerns and beliefs is part of the individuality of our culture.
If you did not choose the early voting option, do not fret, there is still time to vote and post your own “I voted” selfie! Election Day is finally here and the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Where to Vote: If you waited to vote till Election Day, you must vote in the precinct where you are registered to vote. With over 40 polling places in New Hanover County, you can easily search your address here to find the correct polling place!
What to Bring: Although a photo ID is not a requirement to vote, certain voters such as first time voters who did not initially provide their North Carolina drivers license number may have to bring an acceptable form of HAVA ID. For example, a valid photo identification or a document such as a utility bill, bank statement, or government document that shows your name and address will be accepted. You can find more information here.
Candidate Information: Deciding which candidate to vote for can be stressful. It is important to research about each of the candidates and learn their political point of view on a variety of issues and policies. Even if a political issue does not necessarily affect you personally, it is important to remember that many policies can affect the people around you. When deciding on a candidate to vote for, remember to do your own research! Sometimes the media can be one sided and as a voter, you want to make sure you understand who and what you are voting for. You can find a list of the candidates here
Having the option to vote should not be taken for granted and voting gives us the opportunity to make our voice heard. So, do not forget to go vote today!
For more information on this year’s elections in North Carolina, you can visit https://www.ncsbe.gov/Elections/2018-Election-Information
– Emma Adamcik