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Voting Access Scorecard - North Carolina

The Franchise Project’s Voting Access Scorecard ranks how accessible voting is in North Carolina. The Voting Access Scorecard measures the accessibility of American elections by analyzing state election laws and practices. Each state’s performance is based on 30 measurable metrics shown to affect accessibility and foster participation. All metrics are weighted equally to fairly assess all states and their practices. If answered in the affirmative, each metric is worth 1 point, for a total of 30 points. Note that if a practice varies by county or municipality, e.g. the number of early voting locations in Wisconsin, the state only received 0.5 points for that metric. Note: Y=Yes, N=No, and V=Varies by Municipality/County.

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Overall score: 18.5 / 30

Y=Yes, N=No, V=Varies by County/Municipality

State registration deadline is the Friday before Election Day or later
Can register during Early Voting period. North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Registration/Registering-to-Vote
Y
State offers Election Day registration
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Registration/Registering-to-Vote
N
State has automatic registration
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Registration/Registering-to-Vote
N
State does NOT create barriers to voter registration by third parties (e.g. allows third party registration, does not require registration drive training or notification)
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Registration/Registering-to-Vote
Y
State does NOT impose fines or criminal penalties for negligent/accidential voter registration mistakes
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Registration/Registering-to-Vote
Y
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting in multiple locations per municipality/county
Locations determined by local officials. North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting
V
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting during evenings and/or weekends
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting
Y
State allows no-excuse early voting/in-person absentee voting
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting
Y
State holds all elections entirely by mail
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting
N
State does NOT require an excuse to vote by mail
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting
Y
State deadline to return absentee ballot is NO earlier than Election Day (via any type of delivery)
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/absentee-voting-mail
Y
State allows all voters to sign up to vote by absentee permanently
North Carolina State Board of elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/absentee-voting-mail
N
State allows voters to request vote by mail ballot online
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/absentee-voting-mail
N
State allows voters to register online
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Registration/Registering-to-Vote
N
State allows voters to check their Election Day polling location online
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/
Y
State allows voters to check their vote by mail status online
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote on Election Day
NC GS § 163-166.13 required photo ID but was struck down by 4th Circuit (cert. denied 2017): North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Registration/Voter-Id-Req
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote early or by mail
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Portals/0/FilesP/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf
Y
If ID required, State allows voter to vote through alternative process that does not require voter action (Note: full points received if no ID required at all)
NC GS § 163-166.13 required photo ID but was struck down by 4th Circuit (cert. denied 2017): North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-Registration/Voter-Id-Req
Y
During voter maintenance process, if address has not changed, state allows voter to simply mail back confirmation form
NC GS § 163-82.14(d)(2): http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_163/GS_163-82.14.html
Y
State is NOT a member of Interstate Crosscheck
Bryan Caskey, Kansas Secretary of State, Director of Elections (email communication, May 24, 2017)
N
State is Member of ERIC
ERIC, http://www.ericstates.org/whowear John Lindback, ERIC Executive Director (email communication, May 25, 2017)
N
State refused to comply with the Pence-Kobach voter registration data request
North Carolina Governor: https://twitter.com/NC_Governor/status/880838698484592640
N
State allows individuals to vote when their sentence is complete
NC GS § 163-55: http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_163/GS_163-55.html
Y
State allows individuals to vote during their term of incarceration
NC GS § 163-55: http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_163/GS_163-55.html
N
State allows individuals to vote after incarceration, while on probation or parole
NC GS § 163-55: http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_163/GS_163-55.html
N
State voting technology requires a paper trail
NC Gen. Stat. §163-165.7: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/BySection/Chapter_163/GS_163-165.7.pdf
Y
State requires poll worker training
County board shall conduct mandatory, compensated instructional meeting. N.C. Gen. Stat. §163-46: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/BySection/Chapter_163/GS_163-46.pdf
Y
State law requires voting machines to meet federal standards, testing by a federally accredited laboratory, or federal certification
NC Gen. Stat. §163-165.7: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/BySection/Chapter_163/GS_163-165.7.pdf
Y
State provides readily accessible voting technology information
North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Elections-Voting-Systems
Y

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