As always, this website is your one-stop information site for everything voting-related,
whether you need help registering, becoming educated on the issues which continue
even in off-election years, or making sure you are able to activate your vote and
cast your ballot.
NEW (2020) VOTER ID INFORMATION
As of November 26, WCU student IDs meet the NC State Board of Elections voter ID requirements.
On that date, the State Board of Elections approved the CatCard for voting in the
state of North Carolina under N.C.G.S. § 163-166.16(a) for the primaries and general
election to be held in 2020. Western Carolina University has made several changes
to the CatCard to meet the specified criteria, including adding an expiration date
to new cards to be used as voter IDs.
On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, the federal district court issued an order and preliminary
injunction of the photo ID requirement added by Session Law 2018-144 (SB824). As such,
the North Carolina State Board of Elections has requested that the following information
be shared with students:
“Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the 2020 primary election. In a December
31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement
from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the
court. For more information visit the State Board of Elections website: www.ncsbe.gov.”
We will update the CatCard website and share more information as it becomes available.
Campus Services and the CatCard Office remain committed to providing a voter ID compliant
CatCard should it be required in future elections.
voter Registration Drives
Monday through Friday during the semester 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Belk 273
Additional drives TBA
- Not sure if you are registered in the state of North Carolina or Jackson County? Check HERE
- If you are NOT registered to vote and you live in Jackson County (including on-campus residence halls) you will be able to register and vote on campus at the same time during the dates of early voting – it is called same day voter registration and it ROCKS! If you live on campus, bring yourself and the last four of your social
security number and you can efficiently same-day register. If you live OFF-CAMPUS,
you will need to check HERE for more information.
- More information about how to be best prepared for same-day voter registration: Check HERE
- If you live on campus your mailing address is your 245 Memorial Drive + suite box
number, where you receive your mail. Your residential address will be the physical
address of your dorm. These addresses, also known as "911 addresses," can be found HERE.
If you have registered previously, but have since moved or changed dorms, it is important
to update your address. If you have changed counties, you will need to completely
re-register. If you have moved, but still reside in the same county, you can either
re-register to update your address, or you can call the local Board of Elections and
they will be able to assist you.
If you live off campus, for your residential address you can put your current address
in Jackson County or your parent’s address to register back in your parent’s home
county. Your mailing address is wherever you receive your mail. Even if you mark unaffiliated,
it is important to choose a political affiliation.
If you are not registered in Jackson County – you cannot vote at WCU’s on-campus polling
VOTER EDUCATION: WCU PROGRAMS, SAMPLE BALLOTS, & THE CANDIDATES
VOTER ACTION: ON-CAMPUS EARLY VOTING & ABSENTEE
Remember, if you are NOT registered to vote and you live in Jackson County (including on-campus residence halls) you will be able to register and vote on campus at the same time during the dates of early voting – it is called same day voter registration and it ROCKS!
NO CAMPAIGN ZONE Policy
* While the ON-CAMPUS POLLING PLACE is open, the UC will be a NO CAMPAIGN ZONE.
As the University Center is home to an early voting site, it is important that all
people who enter adhere to this rules and expectations:
- No campaigning within 25 ft. of the UC;
- No partisan literature in the UC;
- No partisan posters or events in the UC;
- No handing out partisan pamphlets;
- No partisan events/posters inside the UC;
- No going table-to-table encouraging people to vote for a particular candidate within
Email Lane Perry
Or come by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning in Belk 273