When can I register to vote in North Carolina?

Q: Is it too early to register to vote in the 2022 general election? —C.W.

Answer: In North Carolina, the deadline to register to vote is 25 days before an election date. The 2022 general election will take place on November 8, which means that the usual deadline to register to participate in this year’s election will be October 14. After that, voters can still take advantage of same-day registration by registering and voting in person at a one-stop early voting site. According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections website (ncsbe.gov), voters who wish to use same-day registration must show proof of residency by presenting one of the following documents containing their current name and address. :

• North Carolina driver’s license.

• Another government-issued photo ID that includes the elector’s current name and address.

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• A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing the elector’s name and address.

• A valid college/university photo ID along with proof of on-campus residence.

Voters should keep in mind that the County Board of Elections will verify voter information within two business days of registering and voting the same day. This process will include verifying electors’ addresses by mail.

One-stop early voting sites for the North Carolina general election open Oct. 20 and will run through Nov. 5. The full schedule of early voting dates, times and locations is available on the Forsyth County Board of Elections website at forsyth.cc/Elections/one_stop.aspx.

Another important date to keep in mind is the deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot. Voters who wish to vote by mail must submit a statewide absentee ballot request form by 5 p.m. Nov. 1. the online request. Once the form is completed, it can be hand-delivered or mailed to:

Forsyth County Board of Elections

Forsyth County Government Center

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101-4120

Keep in mind that forms mailed to the Board of Elections must be received at the Board of Elections office by the November 1 deadline. Forms received by mail after 5 p.m. on November 1 will not be accepted. Once the Forsyth County Board of Elections receives the mail-in ballot request, they will return a ballot to the voter by mail. The voter must complete the ballot and return it to the Forsyth County Electoral Board office in person or by mail by 5 p.m. on Election Day, November 8.

For more information on absentee voting, contact the Forsyth County Board of Elections at [email protected]

Q: I thought hurricane season was almost over. Should I be worried about other potential storms? —DW

Answer: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year, with the majority of storms occurring between mid-August and late October. Although the center of a hurricane is not expected to make landfall in our region, it is still important to be prepared for emergencies that may result from high winds and rains that may extend well beyond the center. of the storm. These extreme weather conditions can often cause power outages and flooding which can create dangerous and stressful situations for those who are unprepared.

The first step to preparing is to create a plan. Familiarize yourself with the emergency plans that already exist in your community. A good place to start is your county’s emergency management department. In Forsyth County, emergency and weather alerts can be found at cityofws.org. Determine your evacuation route or your community’s procedure for evacuating people who do not have private transportation to shelter or out of the danger zone. If you are receiving care at home, talk to your care manager about their emergency plan. If you live in a senior community, familiarize yourself with their emergency plans.

Then talk with family and friends about your plan and discuss options, especially if you need transportation to a safe location. Let them know your needs and ask them if they would be willing to help you. Share your plan for every eventuality. Designate one or two primary contacts to coordinate information with the rest of your circle of support. Keep a written list of your main contacts with you. Talking with your support team will help you determine a plan that’s right for you, and each will better understand how they can help you.

Another essential part of hurricane preparedness is having an emergency kit with the supplies needed to stay safe. The American Red Cross recommends packing two separate kits. The first, a “stay at home” kit includes at least two weeks worth of non-perishable food and water for each person in the house, a rechargeable battery-operated radio or crank charger with a USB port, a cell phone and charger, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, toilet paper, wet wipes, blanket, pet supplies and cleaning supplies.

The second kit is an evacuation kit, which is considered a “3-day bag” of supplies you would need if you had to leave your home. Like packing for a weekend, pack a set of clothes, cash, photocopies of important papers and IDs, prescription medications, and specialty pet supplies. Remember to include protective items such as hand sanitizer, face coverings, soap, and sanitizers. If you own a car, gather emergency items for your vehicle, including jumper cables, flashlight, maps, first aid kit, emergency flares, and bottled water . Many of these items may already be in your home. Take the time to see that they are in working order.

Finally, stay informed. Relief organizations like the Red Cross can open shelters if many people are affected or if the emergency is expected to last several days. Go to a shelter if your area is without electricity, floodwaters are rising, your home is badly damaged, or you are being directed by authorities. Keep your key contacts aware of your location.

Once the storm has passed, let your contacts know that you are safe. If you have lost power, unplug your electronics and major appliances to avoid damage from power surges when power is restored. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. When the cleanup begins, beware of high-pressure sales, unsolicited requests for financial information, and services provided without a contract.

For more information on hurricane preparedness in our area, please visit cityofws.org/3188/Hurricane-Preparedness or ReadyForsyth.org.

AgeWise is a weekly column compiled by the staff of Senior Services Inc., a Winston-Salem nonprofit organization. If you have a question, email [email protected] or mail Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.

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