To make sure you have all the tools you need for the upcoming election, Bennett College has partnered with nonpartisan organizations including ALL IN To Vote, Campus Compact, Campus Vote Project, HBCU Alliance Common Cause, and You Can Vote. We've got everything you need to know right here.
The first step is to make sure you’re registered
and that your registration is up to date.
Don’t miss these important 2020 election dates.
Plan to vote in your home state? Check your state’s board of elections website for upcoming 2020 elections. Voting in North Carolina? You can vote here if you’re registered as a student here.
Deadline to register to vote
If you don’t register by this date, you can still register in person during Early In-Person Voting at one of the polling sites in your county.
October 27, 5 PM ET
Deadline to request an absentee ballot
But request it ASAP, fill it out as soon as you get it and mail it so it will arrive on time. Better yet: deliver it in person at your county’s Board of Elections office. Don’t wait until the last minute.
No matter what, make sure your voice is heard. Vote!
Make A Plan
Be intentional and make a plan to vote.
There are three ways to it.
Vote Early In-Person
You can cast your ballot before election day if you’re in NC between October 15-31. Go to an early voting location in the county where you’re registered. This may be different from your regular precinct. Check your Board of Elections for a list of polling places.
Vote on Election Day
Vote in person at your assigned voting precinct. Double check your district voting precinct ahead of time. NC voters can search polling location and hours here: vt.ncsbe.gov/PPLkup/.
Absentee Voting by Mail
Any North Carolina registered voter can request and receive a by-mail absentee ballot for any election. No special circumstance or excuse is needed. To receive a mail-in absentee ballot for an election, request a NC absentee ballot online by October 27th at 5 p.m. You can also use the State Absentee Ballot Request form to get a ballot for a near relative.
The ballot must be returned or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Election Day. Mail it in or deliver it in-person to the Board of Elections.
If you are a student here, but registered to vote in another state, you may request an absentee ballot from your state that will allow you to vote by mail in your home state. The ballot request and return deadlines vary from state to state. Keep track of those due dates.
If you request and receive a mail-in ballot and later decide to vote in-person, you may do so. Just DON'T mail your absentee ballot.
Online voting information tools can answer any questions
you have about who is running and how, when, and where to vote.
There are some circumstances under which newly registered voters—first time voters in a new county and/or same-day registration during early voting—may need to verify their residence by providing additional documentation. In that case, you’ll need:
- North Carolina driver license OR
- Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, so long as it has your name and current address. OR
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address