Deadline is Oct. 14 to register to vote


LUMBERTON — Those who want their voice heard in the November General Election have until Oct. 14 to register to vote if they have not already done so.

North Carolina law states that citizens who want to vote must be registered at least 25 days before Election Day.

To register, a person must be able to answer yes to the following four questions.

— Are you a U.S. citizen?

— Will you be at least 18 years old on Nov 8, 2016?

— Will you have 30 days residency in your current county by Election Day?

— Is your criminal record felony-free, or are have you completed your active sentence for a felony?

On the voter registration application form you must provide your full name, residential address, date of birth, and citizenship status. In addition, the application must be signed. You can print off an application from the North Carolina State Board of Elections, or pick one up at Robeson County Boards of Elections, public libraries, public high schools or college admissions offices.

If the application is completed correctly and you are qualified to vote, the county Board of Elections will mail a voter registration card to you to provide notice of the registration. Voter registration applicants, who have met the voter registration deadline, should expect to receive their voter card within two weeks. Applicants should contact their county board of elections if they do not receive their voter card within two weeks.

There are three recognized political parties in North Carolina: Democratic, Republican and Libertarian. Voter registration applicants may choose one of these when completing a voter registration application, or they may choose to register as unaffiliated.

Identification can be requested for those registering and some first-time voters. This identification does not have to be a government-issued photo ID; it can be a utility bill, any government document with the voter’s name and address on it, a paycheck or a bank statement.

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