Voting

United Way is committed to the idea that when citizens give, advocate and volunteer, our community is stronger. Voting is one way to advocate. This page offers some of the many resources and links available to educate you on issues and the voting process in general. Should you have questions, please contact ronkatz327@gmail.com or call 828-768-4559. If you don’t know Ron, he is a retired United Way team member who is providing his expertise as a volunteer.

Voting Information and Resources

Every year is an important year, but 2020 is especially important. Here are some important ways for you to prepare.
 
  1. Check that you are registered under your current name and current address. Go to the Voter Search page of the North Carolina Board of Elections and follow the prompts. If for some reason you are not listed or the information is not accurate, go to the Buncombe County Board of Elections at 77 McDowell Street to update your registration. 
     
  2. You do NOT need to have a photo ID to vote in the March 3rd primary. A recent decision by a federal court judge suspended the need for a photo ID for the primary. We will post the latest information on the status of the photo ID for the November 3rd election later in the year.  
     
  3. Know who is on your ballot. After January 13th, you should be able to get your sample ballot for the March primary. An easy way to get it is on the Voter Search page of the North Carolina Board of Elections. Follow the prompts, and at the bottom of your Voter Identification, there will be a live link with your sample ballot.  
     
  4. Understand the rules for the March 3rd primary. If you are registered through a political party, you will only get the ballot for that party. If there is only one candidate for a particular office, that office will not be on the ballot. If you are registered as unaffiliated (i.e., independent), you can choose which ballot you wish to receive. 
     
  5. Learn about the candidates ahead of time. To make an informed decision, check to see if there is a guide comparing those candidates running for office. A good online website is Vote411. Before the primary and the general election, the League of Women Voters in many communities provides information on candidates. The League is nonpartisan and typically lists the responses to questions it has posed to each candidate. By entering your address, you will be taken to a listing of the races that will be on your ballot.
     
  6. Pledge to Vote: Voter turnout is crucial in a democracy. If you don’t vote, you let others decide who will represent you. Head here to complete the brief survey, and you’ll receive brief, timely emails from United Way to prepare you for the March 3 primary and general election in November. Please note completing this survey does not sign you up for anything other than the information for these elections in 2020. 
     

Redistricting reform has become an important issue. There have been numerous court cases in the last few years in both North Carolina and other states that have questioned how districts have been drawn. The term gerrymandering has become more well known, but: What is gerrymandering? + How does it affect our impact in and trust with elections? Here are three short videos that offer perspective: Gerrymandering Explained, What is Gerrymandering?, and Gerrymandering. These are all free to use and share.