Early voting begins in Charlotte for 2022 midterm elections
Mecklenburg Voter’s Guide 2022
Before you vote on November 8, use this guide to research the contents of the ballot.
Voters across North Carolina headed to the polls Thursday for the first day of early voting in the 2022 midterm elections, eager to skip the Election Day lines and make their voices heard .
Early voting continues through Nov. 5, and people can also continue to submit mail-in ballots ahead of Election Day Nov. 8, when voters will have their final say in U.S. Senate races at Supervisor of the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District. .
As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, 8,182 people had already voted in Mecklenburg County, the Board of Elections said.
Across from the polling station at Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library in Charlotte, students from Johnson C. Smith University and the suffrage group Common Cause North Carolina gathered for an early voting party.
“Every time we come together, we are a force,” organizer Rotrina Campbell told the group as they prepared to march together to vote.
JCSU students Alexis Lawson and Hannah Anderson said issues like abortion, women’s rights, gun laws and policing are front and center for them and their peers this election cycle .
“We finally have the chance to vote, so we have to take our chance and take advantage of the chance to vote,” Lawson said.
For voter Arthur Allen Kendle, who cast his ballot at Bank of America Stadium, dissatisfaction with the state of the Republican Party influenced his choices at the polls this year.
“I’m a former Republican who’s disgusted with where he’s gone. He walked away from me,” he said.
Kendle added that being able to vote at the stadium was a bright spot in what has been a tough downfall for Carolina Panthers fans.
“I’m hoping to do something more positive than what the Panthers are doing on Sunday,” he said of his early voting turnout.
Shannon Gathman always planned to vote at the start of this election – “Do it early, you stay out of the queues,” she said – and remembered the opportunity when she saw campaign signs outside the stadium as she drove on Thursday afternoon.
“I made a U-turn in the sidewalk (parking lot), but then I saw it was handicap-only, so I made another U-turn so I could park in the garage… but here I am and I have now voted,” she laughs.
Gathman said she is paying close attention to local races in this election, including for the school board and its Soil and Water Conservation District.
Poll worker Christine McClanahan said she was pleased to see people taking advantage of the opportunity to vote at the stadium.
“It’s been pretty stable,” she said. “We didn’t have long queues.”
McClanahan has worked at polling stations before, but this is his first year working during early voting.
“I want to help and get people to go vote,” she said. “Just be part of it and get involved.”
What’s on the ballot in Mecklenburg County?
The following races are on the ballots for the 2022 general election. District seats will vary depending on where voters live. Only people who live in the city of Charlotte and Matthews will have bond referendums on their ballot.
▪ US Senate
▪ United States House of Representatives
▪ North Carolina House of Representatives
▪ North Carolina State Senate
▪ North Carolina Supreme Court
▪ North Carolina Court of Appeals
▪ North Carolina Superior Court
▪ North Carolina District Court
▪ District Attorney
▪ Mecklenburg County Sheriff
▪ Board of County Commissioners of Mecklenburg County
▪ Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools School Board
▪ Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor
▪ Charlotte Transportation, Housing and Neighborhood Improvement Bonds
▪ Matthews Transportation and Parks and Recreation Bonds
How to vote early in Mecklenburg County
Voters in Mecklenburg County can vote early in 24 locations this year. Same-day voter registration is available at early voting locations.
Polling stations are open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.