March 26, 2020/Media

NCDP Outlines Priorities to Ensure Voting is Fair, Free, Secure Amid COVID-19 Crisis

List of priorities includes increased accessibility for mail-in ballot requests, a one-step process for registering to vote and requesting a mail-in ballot, and greater transparency and tracking

Raleigh – The North Carolina Democratic Party outlined a set of priorities in a letter to the State Board of Elections and its COVID-19 Response Task Force to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our electoral system, make voting remotely accessible and transparent, and ensure fair, free, and secure elections. Read the full letter online HERE.

“North Carolina Democrats are committed to ensuring that every North Carolinian, even in times of crisis, are able to easily cast a ballot and make their voice heard,” NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin said. “These common sense changes will make voting remotely more accessible, easier, and more transparent. We look forward to the legislature and the state board taking swift action to protect the health of our democracy.”

The list of priorities include:

  1. Prepaid postage for mailed ballot requests and returns.
  2. Allow voters to request mail-in ballots by email, fax, online form, or over the phone and honor requests submitted by the one-week deadline.
  3. Allow near relatives and legal guardians to request mail-in ballots at polling locations during One-Stop Early Voting and on Election Day.
  4. Allow persons other than near relatives and legal guardians to assist voters with requesting, completing, and returning ballots.
  5. Allow voters to register by mail up to the mail-in ballot request deadline, allow voters to “one-stop” register to vote and request a mail-in ballot, and restore same-day registration.
  6. Allow voters to certify their ballot by providing the signature of one witness or confirming their intent to submit the ballot in-person or over the phone.
  7. Allow voters and those assisting voters to return mail-in ballots at One-Stop Early Voting sites and Election Day polling places (including curbside).
  8. Count every mail-in ballot submitted by Election Day.
  9. Establish a one-step process for registering to vote and requesting a mail-in ballot.
  10. Establish a robust and uniform system for notifying voters when the Board determines their ballot request or application is invalid.
  11. Develop a tracking system that allows voters to track their ballot from the local Board and on its return from the voter to the local Board.