On Monday, April 20th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the State Board of Elections (SBOE) will host a virtual meeting to discuss temporary changes to current emergency election rules that would help the agency respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

The proposed changes would clarify that the state elections director is allowed to use emergency action during elections in the case of a “disease epidemic”— an important first step in ensuring that our elections officials can respond to the current public health situation.

Click here to register to attend the April 20th meeting and/or to provide public comment that day.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from the SBOE containing information about joining the webinar. They ask that you use the Panelist Code provided in the confirmation email if you plan to make an oral comment during the public hearing. Use the Attendee code if you wish to listen to the hearing but don’t plan to provide a comment.

Specifically, we think it’s important to tell the State Board that you:

  • Support this important amendment to our chief state elections official’s emergency powers
  • Favor N.C.’s elections director having authority to take swift, pro-voter actions during the coronavirus crisis, and
  • Hope this is the first of many changes the state will enact to benefit voters impacted by the virus.

Can’t participate on April 20th? You can also provide comment until 5 p.m. on April 20, 2020, using one of the following methods:

Online: Public Comment Portal
Email: rules@ncsbe.gov
Snail Mail: Attn: Rulemaking Coordinator, P.O. Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255

Your participation in the public comment process on or before April 20th will let our state’s leaders know that we’re united for voting access.

Thanks to our friends at Democracy NC for this information.