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Counting on Cleary: Within the Week that Early Voting Begins


Location: Charlotte, NC

In the last midterm election in 2010, 50% of Registered Republicans, 44% of Registered Democrats and 33% of Registered Unaffiliateds or Independents (the fastest growing group) voted in North Carolina. These numbers led to serious consequences for the majority of North Carolinians.

I am encouraging all registered voters in North Carolina who are not happy with what is happening in our General Assembly or with the gridlock in Congress to exercise the power of their vote in the midterm election before us. Your vote in the 2014 election gets you a chance to influence many important local races and to elect fair and impartial judges as well.

With the GOP efforts to curb voting rights, this election is also about all future elections. The stakes are too high -- please do not sit the critical 2014 midterm election before us out! Democracy is well-served by if each us shares in lifting our voices around weighty issues before us through the right to vote.

Make a plan and put a date and time to vote on your calendar during early voting. Make sure you have transportation available and if you have ready access to an automobile, offer your neighbors a ride to the polls who may not have. If you live in Wake County, use the link below to note the polling place closest to you and see a sample ballot:

THUR 10/23 -- Early voting opens. -- For early voting locations and additional information, including sample ballots, go to -- Early voting ends SAT 11/1 @ 1pm.

Voters in other counties can find information at

Any voter can vote absentee for any reason. You can find complete instructions at Deadline to request an Absentee ballots is 10/28 @ 5pm.

TUE 11/4 -- General Election, all polling locations ( are open from 6:30a -- 7:30pm.

Vote as if your life counted on it… as in reality it does!

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