CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jim Morrill/The Charlotte Observer) - Mecklenburg County voters go to the polls Tuesday to elect local officials and school board members - and decide whether to raise their taxes.
Supporters of the quarter-cent sales tax increase have spent a million dollars on their campaign to persuade voters to back the tax, which would amount to 5 cents on a $20 purchase. Opponents have spent a fraction of that. But both sides are confident heading into the vote.
Here are some things to keep in mind about Election Day:
WHEN CAN I VOTE?
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. In the unlikely event there’s a crunch of voters at the end of the day, those in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot.
WHAT’S THE WEATHER FORECAST?
The forecast: It will be a good day for voting. Forecasters say it will be cloudy, but with a high of 70.
WHAT’S ON THE BALLOT?
In Charlotte, voters will select a mayor and city council. Mecklenburg towns also will elect mayors and members of local boards.
Mecklenburg voters will elect three at-large members of the school board.
But the biggest question: The proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase for the arts, parks and education.
WHAT WILL THE TURNOUT BE?
Michael Dickerson, the county’s election supervisor, predicts 17% of the county’s registered voters will turn out. In 2017 the local elections drew 21% of voters.
CAN I SEE A SAMPLE BALLOT?
Yes. The Mecklenburg Board of Elections (www.meckboe.org) has a link on its home page that can take you to a sample ballot.
DO I NEED AN ID?
No. The ID requirement kicks in with the 2020 elections.
WHEN WILL BE KNOW WHO WINS?
Results should start coming in a half-hour or so after the polls close. But some results could take a while to know.