Answers to your burning Election Day questions

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Keep that cell phone in your pocket and campaigning at a distance.

It's election time, and like it or not, there are rules to follow when you go to the polls Tuesday.

With so much at stake in one of the most divisive and dramatic political seasons ever, there are undoubtedly questions and concerns.

Here's a Q&A guide to Election Day.

How long could the lines be at polling locations on Election Day?

It's hard to tell, but take into consideration the number of registered voters in your area and the polling location hours. It's wise to plan ahead.

Polling locations will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Voters can still vote if they are in the line at 7:30 p.m.

Where should I vote?

You can look at your voter registration card where you will find printed details of your particular polling place.

Or check online where you can cast your ballot on Election Day, by clicking here.

Or go to Get to the Polls website to find your voting location and directions.

Tracking results

Unofficial local election results will be posted on North Carolina's State Board of Elections website once polling locations close at 7:30 p.m.

Are ballot selfies allowed?

Don't do it! North Carolina is one of 26 states that bans photography at polling places. It also prohibits people from taking pictures of their ballots.

Violations of the law are punishable with jail time or a fine.

Do I have to fill out the entire ballot when I vote?

Nope! You can pick and choose among the ballot options. The ballot will be counted even if it's not completely filled out.

What happens if I'm registered to vote but don't have a photo ID with me?

If you have voted in North Carolina before, you do not need to show an ID. 

According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections website, there are certain voters who are required to show some form of identification when they vote. 

These include first-time voters who at the time of their initial voter registration did not provide a driver license number or last four digits of their Social Security number, or who provided a number that could not be validated.

What is on my ballot?

The Presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has dominated the news cycle and will top the ballot for most voters. But other races are important and may have more influence on the daily lives of North Carolinians.

For information on everything that is on your ballot, including the race for Governor, U.S. Senate, Attorney General and more, click here.

How can I check to see if I'm registered?

If you need to check your voter registration, check North Carolina's State Board of Elections website.

Unfortunately, if you're not registered you're out of luck. The deadline to register to vote closed on November 5.

Can I campaign outside of polling locations?

Each state has different laws prohibiting electioneering activities within a certain distance of the polling place.

According to the National Association of Secretaries of State, in North Carolina the "buffer zone" of related election activity surrounding a polling place is set at 50 feet from the door of entrance to the voting place.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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