Register by Friday
Our primary here in North Carolina is Tuesday, May 6, but this Friday, April 11, is the deadline to register to vote. I finally got around to sorting this out today. Here are the easy steps to making sure your vote is counted in this increasingly important election:
- Registration Lookup — Are you already registered to vote in North Carolina? Look it up on the NC State Board of Elections nifty website. All you need to enter is your first name, last name, county of residence, and the random CAPTCHA text to look yourself up and see if you’re already registered (or not) and what party affiliation you have on record.
- Party Affiliation — The NCSBOE website says my party affiliation is “Unaffiliated” (amen to that!). If you have any desire to vote in the Democratic primary on May 6, you must have your party affiliation listed as “Democratic” or “Unaffiliated.”
- Get Registered — If you’re not already registered (or if your party affiliation is “Republican” and you wnat to switch things up), get your paperwork together and submitted by this Friday. Two websites that can help you do this: BarackObama.com (you know who I’m voting for, right?) or (for those looking for something a little more “neutral”) RockTheVote.com.
And here’s a parting shot to think about and discuss in the comments if you like:
“The Clintons, man, they would lie on a stack of Bibles. Snipers? Thatâ€™s not misspeaking; thatâ€™s some pure bullshit. I voted for Clinton twice, but thatâ€™s over with. These old black politicians say, ‘Ooh, Massuh Clinton was good to us, massuh hired a lot of us, massuh was good!’ Hoo! Charlie Rangel, David Dinkinsâ€”they have to understand this is a new day. People ainâ€™t feelinâ€™ that stuff. Itâ€™s like a tide, and the people who get in the way are just gonna get swept out into the ocean.”
—Spike Lee, quoted in New York Magazine (via Andrew Sullivan)