It’d be hard for find anyone in North Carolina unaware of the upcoming Nov. 4 election, with the political television and radio advertisements currently blanketing the state.
The end is now in sight.
Today marks the first day of early voting, and you can look up your counties’ early vote locations and times here.
For those of you in Boone, the early voting location at the Appalachian State University’s student union is open, after a flurry of decisions yesterday by state appeals courts and elections board.
Finally, if you face problems at the polls, receive a mailing or hear announcements with misinformation intended to mislead voters, you can call Democracy N.C.’s North Carolina Election Protection hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683).
And if you’re looking for some context about what’s happening to voting rights across the country, read this piece N.C. Policy Watch’s courts and law reporter Sharon McCloskey wrote about voters in North Carolina and other states striking out at the U.S. Supreme Court.
From the N.C. Policy Watch article:
When the dust settled, attorneys, legal experts and court watchers had plenty of sorting to do, trying to make some sense of orders – handed down unsigned and without opinions — that directly impacted the rights of hundreds of thousands of voters.
The court’s seemingly routine manner of handling the cases miffed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who in her Texas dissent called her colleagues to task for ignoring clear evidence of voter discrimination and suppression.
“She’s not going down without a fight,” election law expert Rick Hasen wrote “and if this dissent stands for anything, it’s for the proposition that even if the court opts to erode the right to vote by way of unsigned orders at dawn, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not let it be invisible to the rest of us.”
Read more here.