With Early Voting just around the corner and Primary Day less than a month away, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start researching candidates and their positions. Primaries in particular can be challenging given the large number of candidates for each race and not as much name recognition as the November election.  We’ve put together five easy steps to help you get started.

Voter Tools

https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Voter-Tools

The North Carolina State Board of Elections provides all of the information you need to get you started. Use this site to help you verify your registration status, look up your polling place, get more information about early or absentee voting and more.

Voter Look Up Tool

https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/

We’ve called this particular tool out from the State Board of Elections as it contains important information about your voter registration. It is good to check on your voter registration status now before voting day. Check for any errors that may prevent you from being able to vote. If you have any questions about voter suppression tactics impacting your registration, you should also check out NCGoVote.org, a new registration watch tool now available.

You can also find a sample ballot on your registration information.

  • Click the link and enter your first and last name and the county of your registration.
  • From the results returned, select your name. You will then be able to see:
    • the address where you are registered
    • your Election Day polling place based on the address where you are registered
    • your jurisdictions.
  • To view your sample ballot click on the ballot style number located in the sample ballot information box.
  • To check the status of your absentee by mail ballot click the + sign next to Absentee Request.

League of Women Voters

Wake County: https://www.lwvwake.org/2018-elections

Orange/Durham/Chatham: http://www.lwvodc.org/

Charlotte/Mecklenburg: http://www.goleaguego.org/

Piedmont Triad: http://www.lwvpt.org/

Dare: http://www.lwvdarenc.org/

Ashville/Buncombe: http://www.lwvab.org/

The League of Women Voters local websites are excellent resources. They do a great job of laying out the upcoming deadlines so it’s easy to know where and when you need to be in order to vote.

Vote411

http://www.vote411.org/

Created by the national League of Women Voters, the voters’ guide allows you to see the races on your ballot, compare candidates’ positions side-by-side, and print out a “ballot” indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.

These comparisons provide the candidates top legislative priorities as well as their positions on key issues for the upcoming election – healthcare, immigration, gun safety, etc. They also contain all the information you need to research a candidate further including their website, Facebook and Twitter handles.

Stronger NC Toolkits

Finally, if you’d like to get yourself up to speed on the issues or feel like you need a refresher on certain topics, be sure to check out Stronger NC’s growing database of Toolkits. We have covered a wide range of topics (healthcare, education, fair elections, housing affordability, intersectionality, immigration and gun safety just to name a few) that can be helpful in cultivating your own stances going into election day.