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Are you registered to vote? The deadline to register before local government election is October 15

Lilly Knoepp

Public trust in the federal government is at a historic low, but trust in local government remains.

According to new Pew Research released this month (September), two-thirds of the public trusts their local governments while just one-third of Americans trust the federal government.

Community members have the opportunity to make decisions about local governments in the November 7 election, but first, voters must register.

Find out what races are up for election in your county on the North Carolina Board of Elections website.

In order to vote in the municipal elections, be sure to double check your voter registration.

The deadline to register to vote for November 7th municipal elections is October 13th .

Here’s how to check your voter registration.

This year, will be the first that North Carolina will require a photo ID to vote. The state legislature approved the law in late 2018, but it was challenged in state courts. In April, the NC Supreme Court ruled voter identification would start during this year’s local elections. Voters in Mecklenburg and other counties were the first to test the new rules in September.

Voters can step into the ballot box with a North Carolina driver's license or another photo ID. Here’s a list of all of the options. County election boards can also issue free ID cards, according to an August announcement.

For example, a voter registration drive will be held at the Otto Community Building on October 7 from 2-5pm in Macon County. The event is open to all Macon County residents. A representative from the Macon County Board of Elections will be at the event to help with voter registration, make voter IDs, and answer questions about the voting process.

Check with your local election board to learn more about upcoming opportunities to register to vote.

Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.