Sept. 23 is national voter registration day

Published 12:58 pm Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day, and the State Board of Elections has announced that its rolls grew by nearly 1.5 million over the last decade.  More than 6.5 million have registered, representing roughly nine out of 10 eligible North Carolinians.

“Registration is a vital first step towards broader participation in our civic community,” said Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach of the State Board of Elections. “We applaud the work of groups dedicated to public outreach ahead of the Oct. 10 registration deadline.”

But the agency is also urging public vigilance amid a sharp uptick in tampered registration forms. “We are investigating those behind hundreds of falsified registrations flagged over the past month,” said Chief Investigator Chuck Stuber.  County Boards of Election are required by statute to verify every registration application while the State Board investigates alleged violations of state law.

The State Board has been informed that various groups are wrongly informing voters that there has been a database problem and that they must re-register.  No such problem occurred.  Only voters who have moved to a new county must re-register.  Voters may check their registration status online.

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The deadline to register for the November General Election is Oct. 10. Forms are available online.