DURHAM: Durham group marches to encourage early voting - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Durham group marches to encourage early voting

Posted: Updated:
Hundreds of people marched to the Durham Board of Elections to highlight the importance of early voting and raise awareness about changes in voting laws. Hundreds of people marched to the Durham Board of Elections to highlight the importance of early voting and raise awareness about changes in voting laws.
DURHAM, N.C. -

In less than two weeks, primary elections will begin and one Triangle area group is stressing the importance of early voting.

Organizers with the Durham Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods held a public meeting and march Sunday afternoon to drive home that message. Hundreds of people marched to the Durham Board of Elections to highlight the importance of early voting and raise awareness about changes in voting laws.

CAN officials said there has been so much confusion about voting with this coming election, and they want to make sure everyone knows what's going on so they can cast their vote next month.

CAN cautioned that if you head to the polls to vote early, volunteers are told to ask every voter if they have a photo ID. But voters won't actually be required to have an ID until January 2015.

Voter ID is part of the election reform legislation that signed into law last year. The law also shortens early voting by one week.

Election officials said anytime there's a change to the law, they want to get the word out about the change.

Ivan Parra, lead organizer of CAN, said it's important to keep the community up to date about the changes because not everyone votes in off-season elections.

"Sometimes people don't know that in this election there are so many local and important seats that are selected," Parra said. "Sometimes they don't pay attention because they think that they will be informed in November. They don't read the fine print, so it's important that everybody knows what's going on."

Aminah Thompson, who attended the meeting and march, said it's important people take advantage of their right to vote.

"It's important to vote early because on election day there are long lines -- anything can happen. So it's important to get out there and let your voice be heard early," Thompson said.

Early voting ends May3, and the primary is May 6.

Copyright 2014 WNCN. All rights reserved.

Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 911UPDATE: Ft. Stewart Soldier Hit By Falling Plane, Daughter Critically Injured

    911UPDATE: Ft. Stewart Soldier Hit By Falling Plane, Daughter Critically Injured

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:54:15 GMT
    911 calls tell the story story of what happened before and after the tragic freak accident
    911 calls tell the story story of what happened before and after the tragic freak accident
  • Knoxville meteorologist's response to viewer goes viral

    Knoxville meteorologist's response to viewer goes viral

    A Knoxville meteorologist responded to a viewer’s letter on Facebook because there was no return address, and the post went viral.
    A Knoxville meteorologist responded to a viewer’s letter on Facebook because there was no return address, and the post went viral.
  • Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:33:26 GMT
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.