Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask politicians and public servants about their jobs. This week, we address questions to Forsyth County Elections Director Rob Kauffman and George Gilbert, his counterpart in Guilford County. The rules are simple: no research, no callbacks.
- True or false: If you wear an Obama T-shirt to the polls, you’ll be turned away.
- True or false: College students from out of town can’t register to vote where they go to school.
- True or false: Poll workers can’t ask you to show identification in order to vote, unless your registration has been flagged by the board of elections.
- True or false: If you haven’t registered to vote by Oct. 10, you can’t vote.
- True or false: If your home is in foreclosure, your vote can be challenged.
- True or false: If you’ve ever been convicted of a felony, you can’t vote.
- What is considered acceptable identification to prove residency and register to district for at least 30 days and show proof of identification to vote.
Rob Kauffman, Forsyth County Board of Elections
A North Carolina driver’s license, a current
lease agreement, current rent receipt, utility
bill, or any document from a state or federal agency with
name and address listed. [half-credit]
George Gilbert, Guilford County Board of Elections
Any government-issued document with your
name and address on it. In addition, voters are
required to live in a community for 30 days to qualify to
vote in that same community. [half-credit]
- False. In North Carolina, it’s considered a First Amendment right to wear a T-shirt, button, or anything on your person showing your support for a particular party or candidate. However, you are not allowed to campaign for that party or candidate once you are inside the 50-foot electioneering buffer of the polling place.
- False. A college student living in the community has a right to vote like anybody else. As long as they can provide proper identification, college students can register to vote prior to the Oct. 10 deadline, or register through one-stop voting, which runs through Saturday.
- True. North Carolina does not have an identification requirement for voting like some states. Poll workers cannot ask a voter for their ID, unless the voter’s name has been flagged by the local board of elections. Proof of identification is required for one-stop voting.
- False. Voters can register and vote at the same time during one-stop voting, which runs through Nov. 1. Voters must have lived in that voting vote?
- False. North Carolina voting law does not have a home ownership requirement, nor any provisions regarding indebtedness.
- False. The only time a convicted felon cannot vote is while they’re incarcerated or serving the probation and restitution phase of their sentence. Once a felon completes their sentence, including probation and restitution, they are eligible to vote.
- According to the NC Board of Elections website, acceptable forms of ID for voting include a North Carolina driver’s license with current address; a utility bill with name and current address; a document with current name and address from a government agency, such as a passport, military ID, hunting license, property tax bill, vehicle registration or birth certificate; a check or invoice from government agency; documentation of naturalization; a student photo ID with a school document that lists name and current address; a paycheck or W-2 statement from current employer; a bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement.