by Bob Geary
With six days to go, more North Carolinians -- now in excess of 1 million -- have gone to the polls during the early voting period than in the full 2004 EV period. The early birds are heavily Democratic, and include a higher percentage of African-Americans than in the general voting pool. Q. Will that translate to more voters for Obama when all is said & done? (A: Can't be less.)
Remember, early voting allows same-day registration -- you don't have to be registered in advance to vote early. Bring identification. (See below for details.) However, early voting ends on Saturday. There's no early voting Sunday or Monday, and on Election Day next Tuesday, you can't vote unless you're already registered. Confusing? Sure is.
For more on the identification you'll need to vote at an early-voting place, see below.
From the State Board of Elections:
Acceptable forms of identification include:
A North Carolina driver’s license with current address
A utility bill with name and current address
A telephone or mobile phone bill
An electric or gas bill
A cable television bill
A water or sewage bill
A document with name and current address from a local, state, or U.S. government agency, such as:
A government-issued photo ID
U.S. military ID
A license to hunt, fish, own a gun, etc.
A property or other tax bill
Automotive or vehicle registration
Certified documentation of naturalization
A public housing or Social Service Agency document
A check, invoice, or letter from a government agency
A birth certificate
A student photo ID along with a document from the school showing the student’s name and current address
A paycheck or paycheck stub from an employer or a W-2 statement
A bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement
If you cannot supply an acceptable form of identification for Proof-of-Residence, your registration application cannot be fully processed until the required information is provided.
Registered voters may also update their address and change vital information in an existing registration record at the One-Stop Site, but they are not allowed to change their party affiliation during the One-Stop Voting period that precedes a partisan primary.