Election Resources: Your Vote is Your Voice

by Joe Mecca

VP, Communication / Company Spokesperson


At Coastal, we take pride in our structure as a democratically-controlled organization. Each member has an equal voice in how we operate, a fact that sets cooperatives like ours apart from other types of businesses.

That voice is an important part of being an American, too. As we do every four years, this year, we face major elections that will shape the direction of our country and our state, perhaps for the next several decades. How you vote is up to you. However, we encourage all of our members and employees to learn about the candidates and the issues, and make a commitment to casting a ballot on November 3rd.

Key Dates in North Carolina

  • Oct 9 – Deadline to register to vote for Nov 3rd general election
  • Oct 15 - Early Voting / Same-Day Registration begins
  • Oct 27 – Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot
  • Oct 31 - Early Voting/ Same-Day Registration ends
  • Nov 3 - Election Day

North Carolina Election Resources

The NC State Board of Elections website has all the tools you need to get registered to vote, to find out how to vote early or by mail, and to locate your polling place if you want to vote in person on Election Day.

Other Election Resources

For our members living outside of NC, the Credit Union National Association has provided some excellent resources at https://www.creditunionsvote.com.  There, you can check your voter registration info, request an Absentee Ballot, find early voting information, and more. 

By entering your address, you can also view your current elected officials, and see which candidates are running to represent you.    

Learn About the Candidates

Looking to find out more about who is running to represent you, so you can make an informed decision? Here are a few tips:

  • Here’s a complete list of all the candidates running for office within Coastal’s market area.
  • To get more specific, use the Voter Search tool on the Board of Elections website to get a Sample Ballot for your precinct
  • Explore the candidates’ websites to see where they stand on issues that are important to you
  • If the candidate is an incumbent, visit Congress.gov  or the NC General Assembly website to find their voting records
  • Attend virtual campaign events and town halls to hear from the candidates themselves
  • Watch televised debates and see how they answer questions about key issues
  • Check the accuracy of candidate statements at www.factcheck.org


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