WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Early voting begins tomorrow and with new changes there’s a lot you need to know before heading to the polls.
This year, don’t forget your I.D. There are five early voting locations in New Hanover County that will be open from March 3 through March 12. Voters will also be able to register at early voting locations in the county. New Hanover County Board of Elections director Derek Bowens said it’s best to be prepared before voting.
“If you have several forms of identification, have that with you when you present to vote,” Bowens said.
Bowens said a variety of forms of identification will be accepted, but no I.D. doesn’t keep a person from being able to vote.
“There’s definitely some safe guards in federal and state law that would allow a voter that didn’t have acceptable photo I.D. to have, to do alternate voting option,” he said.
He said those options include a provisional ballot, an absentee ballot, and declaring a reasonable impediment.
Today, the NAACP gathered to ensure the community is well informed on the new requirements. NAACP leader Reverend Kojo Nantambu said the meeting will focus on their new voting campaign to work with congregations.
“We train them in how to mobilize and organize their churches, and then educate the members of their church and get people registered and then get them to the polls,” Nantambu said.
Nantambu said the organization hopes to increase the percentage of registration and voting by 10 to 15 percent.
Bowens says the most significant location change is from the main library to CFCC’s Health Sciences Center on 2nd street.