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2014 Voting Changes

Posted on 3/20/2014 by Joshua Chunn

2014 Voting Changes

Due to new legislation, several changes have been made to the voting process. View more information on how these changes may affect you in 2014.

Use the following information as a guideline, for more information visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.

Changes on your ballot:

  • There will no longer be a Straight Party option on the ballot. Straight-Party Voting was eliminated in North Carolina beginning Jan 2014.
  • The order in which candidates appear on the ballot will be based on the party of the Governor.

Voting in Person on Election Day:

  • Voters must vote at their precinct on Election Day (no “out of precinct” voting). This includes Provisional Voting; provisional ballots cast out of a voter’s correct precinct will not be counted.
  • Picture ID will be asked for at the polls but not required until 2016.

Early Voting:

  • Early voting will begin the 2nd Thursday before the election, a week shorter than the previous Early Voting period.
  • No Same-Day Registration. Voters must be registered 25 days before the election.

Voting by Mail:

  • Absentee requests must be made on the State Absentee Request Form. Hand-written requests will no longer be valid.
  • Absentee’s must be witnessed and signed by two (2) witnesses or notarized by one (1) notary

For Candidates:

  • The maximum campaign contribution is $5,000. Only Candidates and their spouses can exceed this contribution amount.