Less than a month out for the 2022 election and it’s becoming nearly impossible to avoid the political advertising.

What seems incredible is that the political advertising is going to become even more pervasive in the final weeks of the campaign, leading up to the Tuesday, Nov. 8 election day.

Early voting opens on Thursday, Oct. 20, but there is also an important deadline a lot closer.  Friday, Oct. 14 is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 8 election.

Despite all the advertising, this is a midterm election, which means there is no presidential race at the top of the ballot, and voter turnout is almost always lower in a midterm election than in a presidential election year.  At the top of the 2022 ballot is the US Senate race between Democrat Cheri Beasley, a former chief justice of the NC Supreme Court, and 13th District Congressman Ted Budd.

During the early voting period from Thursday, Oct. 20 to Saturday, Nov. 5, people who are not registered can register and vote on the same day as long as they provide the necessary documentation that they are eligible to vote.

For same-day registration, the voter must provide proof of residence with a NC driver’s license, other photo identification issued by a government agency that includes the voters current name and address, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing the voter’s current name and address or a current college or university photo identification card paired with proof the student lives on campus.

For same-day registration the county Board of Elections has two days to verify the information provided and the registrants vote will be counted unless the Board of Elections determines that he or she is not eligible to vote.

Same-day registration is not allowed on Election Day.  To vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters must be registered by Friday, Oct. 14.