Request absentee ballots now
To the editor:
I served as director of elections for Harnett County during the 2012 Presidential Election. I am writing to encourage everyone to help the Board of Elections by sending their absentee ballot request now, and then completing and sending back their ballot right away. It’s the best way to keep election and postal workers from being overwhelmed with last-minute ballots in November.
Absentee ballot requests are already seven times higher than usual this year in North Carolina. But that rate can and should go higher, since mail-in voting is the best way we can keep this year’s election from contributing to the spread of coronavirus.
North Carolina does not require a reason to vote absentee. Of course, this year keeping ourselves and everyone else safe from a deadly pandemic gives us all a reason anyway.
As director of elections I was often asked how a person could be sure their absentee vote was counted. The answer — by going online to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, where you can see a record of every election where you voted. On the same web page, you can check whether you are currently registered to vote. Just go to www.ncsbe.gov and click on “Voter/Absentee Lookup” on the top left.
How do you request an absentee ballot? On the same www.ncsbe.gov page under “Voter Forms” there is a link to the request form and instructions.
Need to register to vote? On the same www.ncsbe.gov page under “Voter Forms” you can download a registration form. Just be sure to mail it in by the Oct. 9 deadline.
Don’t have internet? Write the Board of Elections at P.O. Box 356, Lillington NC or call at 910-893-7553, and they will answer your questions and mail you any forms you need.