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The Winston-Salem Journal has published an excellent column by good government advocate Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina that is worth sharing far and wide in the coming days:

“Maybe you’re heard the rumor that you can’t vote if you have an outstanding traffic ticket. Or you must re-register to vote if you skip an election. Or your ballot will be rejected if you mark the straight-party option but don’t mark your choice for president first.

These claims are all false.

As an independent watchdog group, Democracy North Carolina tracks all sorts of misinformation. Voters should learn about the candidates, but it’s also valuable to know your basic voting rights so you won’t be intimidated or discouraged by the next rumor that seems a little scary.

Here’s a list of 20 tips that we’ve verified with the State Board of Elections:”

Read all 20 by clicking here.

 

“Direct”…”defensive”…”authoritative”…and “scripted” are just some of the words being used to describe President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney following the first presidential debate.

And while political pundits are talking about who won and who lost Wednesday’s war of words, don’t bother asking Gary Bartlett for his take.

The Executive Director for the N.C. State Board of Elections is spending every waking moment to make sure this year’s elections go smoothly. That means testing voting equipment, training precinct officials, processing an estimated 750,000 new voter registration applications, and getting early voting up and running by October 18th.

He anticipates voter turnout this presidential election year between 68% and 70%.

Gary Bartlett joins us this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to talk about the SBOE’s behind-the-scenes work, including investigating claims of dead people who are still registered to vote in North Carolina.

For a preview of Bartlett’s radio interview, click below:

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Good government guru Bob Hall at Democracy NC reports that early voting sites for all of North Carolina’s 100 counties are now posted on State Board of Elections site.

You can visit the Board at www.ncsbe.gov  or go directly to  http://www.ncsbe.gov/GetDocument.aspx?id=2562 to view the sites. You can also view them on a map by going to https://batchgeo.com/map/NCEarlyVoteSites.

Early voting (aka “one-stop absentee” voting) for the November 6 election starts October 18.