August, 2023

Exciting Updates, Changes with Voting, and Staying Safe

August has been a month of preparation at Alliance of Disability Advocates, as we prepare for a Grand Opening of a new branch office in Greenville to cover Pitt, Wilson, and Beaufort counties. We will be sharing more information about this growth in upcoming newsletters and on our social media and website, but for now, get excited!

Preparing for Severe Weather this Hurricane Season

It is hurricane season, so now is the time to make sure that you are prepared for extreme weather. While Hurricane Idalia wasn't as destructive for North Carolina as it was for our more southern states, it is still important for North Carolinians to stay vigilant for any severe weather systems that may come through our area during this season and throughout the year.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has put together a helpful guide to help you prepare for your safety in the case of a hurricane which you can view here: https://adanc.org/wp-content/uploads/fema_how-to-prepare-for-hurricane.pdf

 

This is especially important for people with disabilities as they might have more concerns to prepare for than others. If you or someone in your household uses mobility equipment, make sure that you know where all parts, batteries, cords, and spares are and ensure that they are in a safe place. Depending on the severity in your area, it might be practical to have everything together in one place so that it is easily accessible in case of an evacuation. If you or a member of your household is neurodivergent, it may be a good idea to discuss the plans in order to minimize confusion and overstimulation in the moment.

 

As with all extreme weather events, it's best to have a plan and not need it, than to need a plan and not have it. 

Current Happenings in North Carolina

Photo IDs Are Now Required to Vote


Beginning in this fall's municipal elections, all North Carolinian voters are required to have a valid photo ID in order to vote. This is a change from past elections, so it is essential that all voters are aware of this before attempting to vote, whether in person or absentee.

 

In-person voters will be required to show an acceptable photo ID when they check in at their voting site. Election workers will check to make sure that the picture on the ID reasonably resembles the voter. The address on the ID is not required to match the voter registration records. Absentee-by-mail voters must include a photocopy of an acceptable photo ID in the envelope included in their ballot.

 

 

What IDs will be accepted?

 

The following information comes from the NC State Board of Elections website.

 

Any of the following that is unexpired, or expired for one year or less:

  • North Carolina driver’s license
  • State ID from the NCDMV
  • Driver’s license or non-driver ID from another state, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory (only if voter registered in NC within 90 days of the election)
  • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport card
  • North Carolina voter photo ID card issued by a county board of elections
  • College or university student ID approved by the State Board of Elections
  • State or local government or charter school employee ID approved by the State Board of Elections

 

If you wish to use a student or public employee ID, view the list of the institutions approved for use in voting here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/voter-id/student-public-employee-ids-approved-voting.

 

Note: A voter 65 or older may use an expired form of acceptable ID if the ID was unexpired on their 65th birthday.

 

Any of the following, regardless of if the ID contains an expiration or issuance date:

  • Military or veterans ID card issued by the U.S. government
  • Tribal enrollment card issued by a tribe recognized by the State or federal government
  • ID card issued by an agency of the U.S. government or the State of North Carolina for a public assistance program

 

 

How can I get an ID if I don't have one?

 

Any resident of North Carolina can get a free non-driver's ID card from the DMV. Additionally, all registered voters can get a free voter photo ID from their county board of elections office. The voter must provide their name, date of birth, and last four digits of their Social Security number, and have their photo taken.

 

 

What if I don't have an ID when I go to vote?

 

All voters will be able to vote with or without a photo ID, however, if you aren't able to show an ID when voting in person, you will cast a provisional ballot.

 

This can be resolved in one of two ways.

  1. Return to the county board of elections office with a photo ID by the day before county canvass. For municipal elections in September and October, this is the Monday following Election Day. For all other elections, the deadline is the second Thursday following Election Day.
  2. Fill out an ID Exception Form. If you have a reasonable impediment that prevents you from showing a photo ID, whether in person or by mail, you can fill out this form to have your ballot accepted without providing an ID. You will be required to select from the following list of reasons for exception (this list is pulled directly from the NC State Board of Elections website):
  • Lack of transportation
  • Disability or illness
  • Lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain ID
  • Work schedule
  • Family responsibilities
  • Lost or stolen photo ID
  • Photo ID applied for but not yet received
  • (For mail voters only) Unable to attach a copy of photo ID
  • Religious objection to being photographed
  • Victim of a natural disaster within 100 days before Election Day
  • Other reasonable impediment (if selected, the voter must write the reason on the form)

 

This being said, if you have the ability to get an ID before you go to cast your ballot, it is best if you do so. This minimizes the chance that complications could occur with either you or your elections office.

 

 

For more information, visit the NS State Board of Elections website at https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/voter-id.

 

Other useful links:



Help for voters with disabilities: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/help-voters-disabilities


Information on registering to vote: https://www.ncsbe.gov/registering


How to vote early in person: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-early-person


Overview of voting on Election Day: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-person-election-day


Voting by mail: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-mail


Elections information: https://www.ncsbe.gov/about-election


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