Voter Information for the November ElectionOctober 9, 2012
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day for local, state and national elections.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill encourages all faculty, staff and students to exercise their right to vote. The deadline to register to vote is 25 days before the election (October 12). Individuals who miss the registration deadline may register in person and vote at one-stop voting sites in the person's county of residence during the early voting period. To register during the one-stop early voting period, the applicant must show acceptable proof of name and residence in the county.
For more information about registering to vote, your precinct locations, and the candidates and issues, please go to the N.C. Board of Elections website.
An early voting site will be available for all Orange County residents on the UNC campus. The location is the Rams Head Dining Hall, second floor. Voter parking will be available in the Rams Head Deck on Ridge Road.
Early voting will be available:
- Thursday, Oct. 18 - Friday, Oct. 19, from noon to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monday, Oct. 22 - Friday, Oct. 26, from noon to 7 p.m.
- Monday, Oct. 29 - Friday, Nov. 2, from noon to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As a reminder to faculty and staff, UNC employees are prohibited by law (N.C. General Statute 126-13) and UNC Board of Governors' policy from using the authority of their positions or from using state funds, supplies or vehicles to secure support for or to oppose any candidate, party or issue in an election.
Among other things, federal and state laws and UNC policies prohibit UNC employees from: permitting state facilities to be used free of charge for political rallies; using state vehicles to transport voters to the polls; or using state-owned equipment, state-funded postage, state letterhead or state-funded computer resources in service to a partisan political campaign.
These prohibitions do not preclude personal communication, such as a private email to a family member or friend that references a political cartoon, comments on an issue or speaks to the relative merits of one or more candidates for elected office. That kind of incidental personal communication is permitted. However, UNC employees cannot use state equipment, resources or services, such as UNC computer networks, to communicate to a broader audience, with the evident intent to promote support for or to oppose the nomination or election of a candidate for governmental office or to promote support for or oppose an issue in an election. By way of example, a University email listserv should not be used to disseminate campaign- or issue-related literature.
The University takes seriously the right of each person on campus to express personal opinions on matters of public concern. We also take seriously our obligation to comply with federal and state laws and UNC policies and to serve as responsible stewards of the public resources entrusted to us.
If you have questions, additional guidance is posted at http://www.northcarolina.edu/legal/sm/political/political.htm and http://hr.unc.edu/policies-procedures-guidelines/spa-employee-policies/employee-relations/POLITICAL.