Editorial: Voting starts now!

CBC Editorial: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018; Editorial #8352
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

It’s time to vote. Early voting starts today and runs through Nov. 3. Election Day is Nov. 6.

There are more people registered to vote in North Carolina than ever – nearly 7.1 million.

Unfortunately if the past is any indication – and we all should make a point of making sure it isn’t – barely a third of us will show up to vote.

There’s no major statewide race on the ballot this year – such as a campaign for the U.S. Senate – to drive voters to the polls. In 2006, the last time there was a similar election environment, 63.4 percent of those registered failed to exercise their right and citizenship obligation to vote.

Don’t think for a moment voting doesn’t make a difference.

The results of the 2010 election produced a major shift in North Carolina political alignment. More than half of the state’s voters failed to cast ballots in an election that resulted in dramatic changes in the way congressional and legislative districts were drawn and endless streams of lawsuits challenging the composition of those election districts.

Since that election controversies have raged over funding for public education, providing federally-financed health coverage to those who lacked it, regulating water and air and more.

If you like, or don’t like, the ways things are in Congress and in the General Assembly, there’s no better way to express it than voting. There is only one way to change it, voting. And, starting now there’s time to do it.

If you’re already registered to vote, but for some reason cannot get to a polling place, no problem. You can request and receive an absentee ballot via the U.S. mail. Requests for absentee ballots must be received (via mail, email or fax) at your local election board by Tuesday Oct. 30. The form is available

Not registered to vote? No problem. There is same-day registration and voting starting today (Oct. 17) through Saturday, Nov. 3. To find what you’ll need to get registered and vote, check

To find the locations and hours of early voting sites in your county, check

Have questions and want to check with your local county Board of Elections? You can find location, websites, email and telephone numbers

Want to know what’s on your ballot? Go , fill in the appropriate information and you can see a sample ballot.

There’s more information available about candidates and issues, courtesy of nonpartisan Common Cause North Carolina and information about the six state constitutional amendments on the ballot available

Don’t let anyone else speak for you this election. Vote.

See you at the polls.