If you’re qualified to vote, but aren’t registered yet, you can register in person and then vote at one of Guilford County’s many early voting sites using the “same-day registration” process.

However, if you go this route, there are quite a few things to keep in mind.

First, like any voter, you have to be qualified to vote.  For instance,  you have to be a U.S. citizen and be of legal age and you can’t currently be serving a felony sentence – “including any probation, post-release supervision, or parole.”

To vote in Guilford County, you must live in the county and you need to have resided at your place of residence for at least 30 days before Tuesday, March 5, the date of the election.

The Guilford County Board of Elections Office requires these following steps be done for those who want to register on the same day that they vote…

•  Complete a Voter Registration Application and sign it – swearing that you meet all voting qualifications.

• Provide proof that you live where you say you do by presenting any of the following that include your name and the address of your current residence: A current utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck; a current government check or another current government document; or a current document issued from the educational institution that issued the photo ID you’re using for voting.

• Provide an eligible photo ID or complete a “Photo ID Exception Form.”

You’ll be asked to present a valid photo ID before casting your vote. If you don’t have one, you can still cast a provisional ballot and fill out an exception form.  If you cast a provisional vote, the Board of Elections will hang onto it until they get around to counting the votes and then the board will decide whether or not your vote  should count.

Right after you register at an early voting site, you can vote at that site.

A day or two after your same-day registration, the Guilford County Board of Elections will verify your NC Driver’s License or NC ID or Social Security number. Be cautioned: If the Postal Service isn’t able to deliver your voter registration card to your address, your voter registration will be denied and your vote won’t be counted. So, you absolutely must use a mailing address where you can receive mail.