Be a voice for kids at the polls

Casting your vote for candidates you believe in shapes policy for years to come

By: Claire Hermann | October 2022

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Kids can’t vote, but this fall, you can be their voice at the polls. Make a plan now for how and when you plan to vote. On the ballot this year are important local, state, and national races that will determine who makes critical decisions about children and families. Many of these will be tight races in our state, and your vote counts! 

Early voting begins October 20. Life is unpredictable, so if you can, plan to vote early and give yourself extra time. Lines are usually shorter during early voting. Another benefit of voting early is that you can register to vote or update your registration at the polls, something that’s not available on Election Day.  

Plan your vote 

  1. Check your registration and view your sample ballot.  
  2. Get nonpartisan information about who is on your ballot. 
  3. If you’re voting in person, plan how and when you’ll get to the polls. You can look up your county’s early voting sites and find your election day polling location through the North Carolina Board of Elections.  
  4. If you’re voting by mail, request your ballot by 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 1. Learn more about how to vote absentee. Request and return your ballot early if you can. 
  5. Make sure you have everything you need. You do not need photo ID to cast your vote in North Carolina, but if you need to register to vote during early voting, you will need identification. Get a list of accepted documents. 
  6. Ask your family and friends about their plans to vote, too! 

Have specific questions? Don’t let uncertainty keep you from voting! Check out They have information for students, people convicted of felonies, LGBTQ+ voters, people with a new legal name, people with disabilities, and people who have recently moved. 

Want more information about how nonprofits can help their community vote? Check out last week’s blog for links to even more resources.