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Just bring yourself to polls today
No ID required to cast ballot in N.C.
Published Tuesday, November 6, 2012 8:47 am
by Stephanie Carroll Carson, N.C. News Service

RALEIGH More than 40 percent of registered voters in North Carolina cast their ballots in early voting, but millions will head to the polls today.

Voter advocates want to make sure North Carolinians understand that, in most cases, they just need to bring themselves to the polls to cast their ballots. Voter-advocate organizations report some confusion from voters over whether they need ID or their voter registration cards to vote.

Brent Laurenz, executive director of the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, reminds voters that a picture ID or voter registration card is not required to cast a ballot.

"If they're registered to vote and they have voted before at their precinct here in North Carolina, they don't need to bring any sort of ID with them, he said.

Laurenz says there is concern that some voters may neglect to vote because they think that more documentation may be required.

I think there can be that sense of confusion out there, he said. I think it's important for voters to know that if they've registered to vote that they're not going to have to show their identification or anything like that."

The national election protection hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE, has received more than 600 phone calls from North Carolinians reporting issues at the polls during early voting. That hotline will also be staffed by volunteers today for Election Day.

If you are a first-time voter at your precinct and did not provide your driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number when you registered, you'll need to bring some utility bill or ID that proves your residence at your address. A picture is not required.

State and local budget cuts have presented a challenge to some county Boards of Elections to staff polling places this year. Polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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