Beating the voting registration deadline in Mecklenburg County

Beating the voting registration deadline in Mecklenburg County

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It is hard to gauge the actual number of applications that have come to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections office, but workers have been busy. Workers spent Friday signing up people at places like college campuses and fast food restaurants.

The countdown to a critical deadline is what attracted a constant stream of voters to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections office.

Extra clip boards, additional forms, and waiting staff members moved what is normally an inside operation to folding tables right near the parking lot.

Charles Parnell is among the voters changing his registration.

"I think a lot of people are disillusioned with both sides, but in the end we are responsible for our government," he said.

It is that kind of passion bringing people and completed paperwork to this place.

During the years that presidential elections are held, a noticeable spike can be found in new or changed registrations. Despite the last minute registrations, elections supervisor Michael Dickerson wonders if these applications will actually translate into votes.

"This has been a good turnout," Dickerson said. "There has been a lot of activity. Whether it results in a whole bunch of folks showing up is a different thing."

However, it is the different rules enacted by general assembly that's creating this flurry of activity.

Same-day registration is a thing of the past, and that is also the case with provisional ballots.

What's happening here could be called mid-term madness, but those signing up say non-presidential years are also important. "It's just not the big elections that matter, actually it's quite the opposite," voter Kim Parati said, "It's the local one that affect our day to day lives that are very important."

While the 5 p.m. deadline has passed, elections officials say they will accept forms with the dated postmark of October 10.

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