The ballot allows you to have a voice in picking the officials who will represent you at different levels of government, from city hall to the White House. Most elected officials represent the people who live in a particular district, so the candidates on your ballot will depend on what political districts you live in.
Click here for a link to your sample ballot, districts, precinct and polling place. Enter your first and last names as they appear on your voter registration record; don’t enter a middle name. It’s not necessary to enter your birth date or county unless you have a very common name. Hit “Search” and select your name to see a profile of your registration information. Click on “Districts” to see what districts you live in for different levels of government. Click on “Sample Ballot” to see your ballot for an upcoming election.
If a major election is not far away, the best single place to learn about the candidates is NC Voter Guide, a website sponsored by the NC Center for Voter Education and UNC-TV.
About the new district lines
The boundary lines of many state House, state Senate and Congressional districts were redrawn after the latest Census for a variety of reasons, partly to the make the population size in the districts more equal. New lines were also drawn for many county commission, school board and city council districts.
In hundreds of cases, the new district lines for the General Assembly and Congressional districts zigzag through precincts, dividing people (often by their race) into different districts. This means that some voters may actually live in, say, different state House Districts than their neighbors in their same precinct and they’ll receive different ballots even though they go to the same polling place to vote on Election Day.
The best way to avoid confusion (and the risk of bad weather, long lines or other problems on Election Day) is to vote early at an Early Voting site in your county, where all types of ballots will be available and registration issues can be solved.
To see a map of what General Assembly or Congressional district your home is in, click on this resource, select the map you want to see, and enter your address.