2020 Voting Resources

2020 General Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3

2020/11/03 01:00:00

The 2020 General Election is coming up soon. North Carolina ranked 11th in the nation for turnout among eligible voters in the last presidential election with 69 percent of the state’s 6.9 million registered voters casting ballots in November 2016. Since then, North Carolina’s population and the rate of new voters registering have grown. Let’s make this a record-breaking year by registering new voters and mobilizing turnout. To help you prepare to get out the vote, NCHA has pulled together the following information and resources.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) shared earlier this year information regarding voting laws for patients. The first document explains the laws pertaining to hospitals and what they can and cannot do in relation to patient voting. There’s also information about Multipartisan Assistance Teams (MAT) that can come to your hospital to help your patients vote absentee.

North Carolina State Board of Elections Voter Registration Resources

Learn more about registering to vote, changing your registration, and voter registration tools available in North Carolina.

You Can Vote

NCHA has teamed up with You Can Vote (YCV) to assist with voter registration. You Can Vote trains and mobilizes volunteers to educate, register, and empower all North Carolina citizens to successfully cast their ballot.YCV is nonpartisan and educates all volunteers on the importance of nonpartisanship when assisting in voter registration. Use this tool if you are looking to have voter registration drives and empower you, your coworkers, and even patients to vote.  

YCV offers a multitude of resources (English and Spanish) on their website including: 

Voter Registration Best Practices: Know Your Rights Guides in English and Spanish

 They offer trainings twice a week and they are available for individual trainings for your organization as well 


VotER is another nonpartisan resource that is available. VotER is a Harvardaffiliated nonprofit partnering with healthcare institutions across the country to help patients register to vote and get their mail-in ballotsVotER is led by Dr. Alister Martin, an ER physician at Mass General Hospital and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Its mission is to help create a better healthcare system by empowering those most hurt by the system to vote. Their website can be found at https://vot-er.org/. There you can purchase one of their “Healthy Democracy kits” and find trainings on how to use the kit. The chief operating officer and contact person is Aliya Bhatia, aliya@vot-er.org 

We Care, We Vote

The American Hospital Association has started a campaign, We Care, We Vote. They have many resources available including:

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is September 22, 2020. Go online here for resources, including social media posts to create excitement for the day.

Frequently Ask Questions about Voting in NC

Attached is an FAQ document for voting in the 2020 election.  

Voting by Mail

Vote by mail is expected to increase dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the world. If voting by mail, request your ballot early, read all of the instructions, and send back as early as possible. In North Carolina, a vote by mail absentee ballot is counted if it is postmarked on election day, but with an expected increase in volume the mail will likely be backed up. To ensure your vote is mailed and counted, send it in as soon as you are able.  

New in 2020! You can now request an absentee ballot online! Go to https://votebymail.ncsbe.gov/app/home to request your ballot. 

Early voting sites

In 2020, the in-person early voting period begins Thursday, October 15, and ends Saturday, October 31. During early voting, voters may cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county. This is different from Election Day when registered voters must vote at their assigned precinct.

Early voting sites are available, check your local county board of election’s website for lists of sites, dates, and times they will be open.  One stop early voting sites can be looked up online here.

Voting on Election Day 

Voting on election day on Nov. 3 will be the same as usual; check the NCSBE website to confirm your polling place.  

Voting and Coronavirus

New laws, processes and safeguards will be in place to protect your health and ensure your vote counts on Election Day. If you are in a COVID-19 high-risk category, please plan now to vote safely in 2020. Learn your options here. A Healthy Voting website also offers tips on finding healthy, secure, and safe ways to cast your ballot during a pandemic.

#EssentialVoters Campaign

NCHA believes that essential workers are essential voters! We’ve created a #EssentialVoters social media campaign to help get out the vote this election season.

Sample Social Media Messages

It’s your right to help elect lawmakers and leaders who reflect your values. Register now, and make sure your voice is heard. https://www.ncsbe.gov/registering #healthcareheroes #essentialvoters, #VoteNC

Make sure you’re registered to vote and committed to making your voice heard in this election. https://www.ncsbe.gov/registering #healthcareheroes #essentialvoters #VoteNC

Make your plan now to vote: mail-in absentee, early in-person or on Nov. 3. https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting #healthcareheroes #essentialvoters #VoteNC 

Your voice. Your vote. Your future. https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting #healthcareheroes #essentialvoters #VoteNC

Social Media Images

Use the images below to help spread the word with your hospital team members.

The North Carolina Healthcare Association has officially endorsed Ronnie Chatterji for State Treasurer. Read our endorsement. Read how Chatterji compares to his competition.

The American Hospital Association has information about each presidential candidate, you can find that information here: https://wecarewevote.aha.org/2020-presidential-election-candidates 

Vote411 allows you to select candidates from different races and compare them. You can find more information here: https://www.vote411.org/.

Though things are not anticipated to change, there are a number of court cases making their way through the system that might impact voting. The most up to date voting information will be on the NC State Board of Elections website, https://www.ncsbe.gov/. Engaging with candidates and knowing their position on issues that are important to you and your family and friends. 

Helping to educate friends and family on candidate’s positions on the issues to help them make decision on who to vote for is crucial. Many people don’t look up candidates before they vote, and end up voting a straight party ticket or simply based on a candidate’s name. Voters should have information to make sure they are voting for the candidate that most aligns with their values, and as an organization with the resources to do so we can help educate not only ourselves but others. 

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