Time is almost up for anyone who plans to vote in the Nov. 6 general election but is not yet registered to vote. The deadline for voter registration or to update existing voter registration information is 5 p.m. Friday.
Registering to vote or updating a voter’s registration is as simple as filling out a one-page form, which can be picked up at any post office or local library or from the Cleveland County Board of Elections office, 215 Patton Drive. Forms can also be printed from the Board of Elections website and either mailed to or dropped off at the location.
“If someone is going to mail it, it needs to be postmarked by Friday,” said Clifton Philbeck, director of the Cleveland County Board of Elections.
Once the Board of Elections receives a registration form, it begins processing that same day.
If someone wants to vote and can’t make the Friday registration deadline, they will still be able to register during the early voting period, which begins Wednesday.
“We will have same-day registration at all of our early voting sites, but not on Election Day,” Philbeck said.
While registering to vote before Friday does not require any proof of address, same-day registration will. That proof of address can come in the form of a driver’s license or government ID, utility bill or some other document with a voter’s current address on it.
There are currently roughly 64,000 people registered to vote in Cleveland County. Philbeck said he expects 35 to 40 percent of those voters to turn out this year.
This year voters across Cleveland County will see at least a dozen items on their ballot, from local sheriff and county commission races to State House and Senate races, a U.S. House of Representatives race, numerous judicial contests and six state constitutional amendments. Voters in the Boiling Springs area will also see multiple ballot initiatives for on-and-off-premise alcohol sales.