If you want to vote in the November presidential (and local, of course) election you need to make sure you are registered to vote before the deadline this Friday. After Friday, the only way for you to be able to vote in NC will be to go through One Stop Early Voting where you can register & vote at the same time. However, even if you think you are registered, you should double check to make sure you haven’t accidentally been purged from the voter rolls. While I definitely think Durham BOE Director Mike Ashe would not knowingly purge valid voters from the rolls, mistakes are possible. That’s why it is important for everyone to check their voter registration status. You can check your own registration status at the Durham County Board of Elections website. Besides that, a group called Project Vote 2008 has lists of voters recently purged from voting rolls around the country including Durham County. You can check their online Google spreadsheet for a list of voters recently purged from the Durham County voter rolls and if you see yourself you can fix things. Or, if you see a friend on the list let them know to go check their registration. This is something you definitely want to do soon since if you show up on election day and are not registered you won’t be able to vote normally. You can almost certainly vote provisionally, however, if you aren’t registered the chances that vote will be counted are slim. So, act now before time runs out.
Again, the deadline for registering to vote is this Friday, October 10, 2008. Information on how to register can be found here.
Update: As my friend Lisa mentions, my voter registration lookup link only works in Durham County. You can look up your NC voter registration information for any county in North Carolina at the State Board of Elections website.