Candidates for N.C. General assembly
The General Assembly in Raleigh has 50 members in the N.C. Senate and 120 members in the N.C. House who represent Districts across the state. All members will be elected this year for a two-year term. They debate and adopt laws and a state budget affecting healthcare, jobs, schools, taxes, racial justice, roads, voting, climate change, abortion, guns and more.
As in Congress, Democratic and Republican legislators often sharply disagree on issues. Learn about the candidates seeking to represent your N.C. House and Senate Districts at NCVoterGuide.org and Vote411.org.
You can also get an idea of the difference between Democratic and Republican candidates on many issues by reading the positions of the party leaders. Here’s what party leaders in the N.C. Senate say:
Example of Different Positions of Democratic vs. Republican Legislators in the General Assembly
DEMOCRATIC SENATE LEADER: DAN BLUE
“Stop giving corporate titans and millionaires tax cuts and invest that money in our public school teachers and students.”
“Restore the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families.”
“Stop the sale of assault weapons, enforce strict backgrounds checks, and enact strong red flag laws to keep vulnerable parties safe.”
Opposes U.S. Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade.
REPUBLICAN SENATE LEADER: PHIL BERGER
“Cut taxes on businesses and cut govt. regulation halting progress in the private economy.”
“Increase the number of charter schools and funding for students to attend them.”
Do not restore the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families.
Opposes an assault rifle ban and strong red flag laws.
Supports U.S. Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade
Important Local Offices On Your Ballot
Local officials often have the most direct impact on your life, so it’s important to understand their power and duties. Their decisions (and their biases) influence tax fairness, development near your home, public safety and courtroom justice, job opportunities, school discipline and graduation rates, and county health services.
Don’t be too idealistic about what an elected official can achieve, because that may lead you to become cynical about politics. Democracy is messy, with many voices and demands in the mix. Persistence and organizing with others will pay off!
- SHERIFF. The Sheriff directs the manner of law enforcement in the county by hiring, training and deploying officers, setting priorities for arrests and community outreach, using non-lethal alternatives, and managing the county jail.
- DISTRICT ATTORNEY. The DA can influence public safety and equal justice by the choice of cases to prosecute, bail bond policies, misuse of plea deals, and emphasis on dispute mediation and alternatives to incarceration.
- COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. The Board of County Commissioners sets the annual budget for schools, elections, the sheriff’s dept. and other agencies; and it oversees zoning, affordable housing, transit options, conservation programs, the health department, and other vital services. County Commissioner elections are partisan, with party labels by the candidates’ names on the ballot.
- BOARD OF EDUCATION. Many counties will elect School Board members this year; some use a partisan election, some are non-partisan. The Board hires the School Superintendent and oversees finances, pupil placement, school policies, and curriculum choices. School Board contests may be heated where some candidates oppose teaching the history and impact of slavery and racism on society.
- DISTRICT AND SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES. These locally elected judges decide cases ranging from adoption and divorce to property disputes and first-degree murder. Their decisions may be appealed to higher courts in the state.
Preview your own ballot at ncvoter.org/lookup or NCVoterGuide.org
3 Ways to Vote
Be Heard! Here’s How
- DURING EARLY VOTING
You may vote early at any of the sites in your county. See the locations and hours online at ncvoter.org/early or call the Hotline 888-OUR-VOTE. Voting early is especially good if you have moved or have not voted in several years because your registration may need to be updated. You can also register as a new voter during Early Voting by using same-day registration; show the poll worker one of these with your current address: a utility bill, a bank or payroll statement; or any document from a government agency; or your NC driver’s license; or a student ID with a college document showing your address. The document may be a digital image on your cellphone.
- ON ELECTION DAY, AT YOUR POLL
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. On Election Day, go to your own precinct’s polling place between 6:30 am and 7:30 pm. View your polling place and your ballot at ncvoter.org/distr. If you are in line by 7:30 pm, you will be able to vote. If you go to the wrong poll in your county and don’t have time to go to the correct poll, ask to use a provisional ballot; however, some of your District-based contests may not be on that poll’s ballot. You’ll also receive a phone number to learn if the ballot counted.
- MAIL-IN ABSENTEE VOTING
Any registered voter may vote by mail. First, submit a request for the absentee ballot, either by using the online form or by completing and returning a paper form so it arrives at the county board of elections office by Nov. 1 at 5 pm. The forms are available at ncvoter.org/mail. Vote the ballot sent to you in the presence of two witnesses or a notary (they should not look at who you vote for). Fill out and sign the envelope sent to you with the ballot and return to the elections office by Nov. 8 at 5 pm. Be sure the witnesses sign and include their addresses. See ncvoter.org/mail for details. Follow the directions carefully.
9 Tips for Voting
- No photo ID is needed to vote in 2022. You’ll be asked to sign a form affirming your name and address. New voters, please see #4 below.
- Many contests are based on new Districts (e.g., N.C. Senate and U.S. House). Preview your Districts and your ballot at ncvoter.org/distr.
- If you are not registered to vote or have moved, register at your current address by Oct. 14. See ncvoter.org/reg to register online or by mail. If you miss that deadline, use same-day registration to register and vote during Early Voting (but not on Election Day) – see #1 at left under “3 Ways To Vote.”
- Newly registered voters may need to show an ID if there was a problem verifying their registration; they will need to show one of the non-photo IDs listed in #1 at left or any type of photo ID.
- You may take a list of your choices inside the polling place to help you remember, but don’t show the list to others. The list may be on your cellphone, but don’t use the phone as a camera. Photos are prohibited inside the polls. If you make a mistake or “spoil” your ballot, ask the poll worker for another ballot.
- Any voter may get help inside the poll from a near family member (not a cousin). Voters with a disability (including reading difficulty) may get help from anyone except their employer or union agent. Voters with a physical, mental or medical disability (including COVID symptoms) may vote in a vehicle at the polling place (“curbside voting”).
- You don’t lose your right to vote if you have a traffic ticket, outstanding warrant, bankruptcy, misdemeanor conviction, or civil fine. No elections official will ask you about fines, tickets, etc.
- Citizens who have completed a felony sentence can register to vote. Because of a recent court order, people serving a felony sentence may register and vote if they are not incarcerated in prison or jail.
- Report any harassing activity to the board of elections and to the Hotline below, including suspicious people asking questions at your home.
Where to Vote Early, Oct. 20 – Nov. 5
Best Choice! Take advantage of evening, weekday and weekend hours to vote early.
You can also register to vote during Early Voting.
Find the places and hours where you can vote early at ncvoter.org/early
THIS 2022 VOTER GUIDE is produced by Democracy NC and Common Cause, which are not affiliated with any political party or candidate. The Guide is based on responses from the candidates and vital information about the voting process. Material for some candidates comes from their websites.
Candidates listed here alphabetically may be in a different order on your ballot. For questions about voting, call the non-partisan Election Hotline at 888-687-8683 or State Board of Elections at 866-522-4723 or go to NCVoter.org. Find more about the candidates at NCVoterGuide.org and Vote411.org.
Questions? Call the Hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE, visit NCVoter.org