Listen to Reality, Not Rumors
The State Board of Elections started a series of social media posts focused on debunking popular myths in North Carolina elections and elections at large. Misinformation can lead to confusion and damage the public’s trust in elections. Through these posts, the State Board aims to educate the public and serve as a trusted source of election information.
The posts below start with the most recent and will be updated as new posts are published each Monday. To view our mythbusting posts and much more, follow the State Board on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Have a question you’d like answered or a myth you want to see debunked? Email the State Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more detail regarding the effort to stop the spread of mis- and disinformation, visit Combating Misinformation.
15. April 5, 2021
💯Reality: By North Carolina law, in-person early voting is "absentee" voting, as you voted "absent" of Election Day.
😈Rumor: I voted early in person, but it's wrongly showing up as absentee on my voter record. #ncpol #YourVoteCountsNC #TrustedInfo pic.twitter.com/F59fgQBf8D
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) April 5, 2021
14. March 29, 2021
💯Reality: Under state law, voting equipment may not be connected to the internet or use wireless access, limiting the possibility of outside interference. Learn more: https://t.co/urIcVb13jU
😈Rumor: Voting systems are vulnerable and easy to hack. #YourVoteCountsNC #TrustedInfo
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) March 29, 2021
13. March 22, 2021
Reality: When you are convicted of a misdemeanor in NC, you do not lose your right to vote, even if you are incarcerated. Incarcerated voters who committed a misdemeanor may cast an absentee ballot.
Rumor: If you are arrested for a misdemeanor, you lose your right to vote. #ncpol pic.twitter.com/THVIgF6sdP
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) March 22, 2021
11. March 8, 2021
💯 Reality: The Investigations Division at @NCSBE investigates potential election law violations and refers cases to prosecutors when warranted by evidence.
😈 Rumor: There’s no way to detect or investigate voter fraud. #ncpol #YourVoteCountsNC #TrustedInfo
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) March 8, 2021
10. March 1, 2021
💯 Reality: Election night, vote counting stops when there are no more votes to count. By-mail ballots that arrive after Election Day and provisional ballots are counted over the next few days.
😈 Rumor: Counting stops on election night when the results are disliked. #ncpol
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) March 1, 2021
9. Feb. 22, 2021
Reality: After each census and sometimes after court orders, redistricting changes voters' election districts. For updated districts, visit: https://t.co/fn7XBtTzXo
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) February 22, 2021
8. Feb. 15, 2021
💯 Reality: Voter registration data is available publicly through https://t.co/7B1ttFJbJV. This data does not include who you voted for, your date of birth, etc.
😈 Rumor: Someone possessing or posting voter registration data means voter registration databases have been hacked.
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) February 15, 2021
7. Feb. 8, 2021
Reality: NC registrants weren't required to provide their date of birth until the 90s. As a result, election officials would issue a temporary placeholder when the birth date was unknown (1/1/1900 or 1/1/1901.)
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) February 8, 2021
6. Feb. 1, 2021
😈 Rumor: My vote doesn’t matter.
💯 Reality: Your vote does matter. Elections are decided by those who show up. Municipal elections, which can be decided by one vote, take place this fall throughout NC.
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) February 1, 2021
5. Jan. 25, 2021
Rumor: If election night results change over the ensuing days, the process is hacked or compromised, so I can’t trust the results.
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) January 25, 2021
4. Jan. 4, 2021
Rumor: My Election Day vote didn't count because it's not showing up on my voter history.
Reality: As soon as you put your ballot in the tabulator, your vote was counted. The uploading of voter history data can take weeks but is now complete. #ncpol #YourVoteCountsNC pic.twitter.com/CZQT3AJ7fA
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) January 4, 2021
3. Dec. 14, 2020
Rumor: North Carolina's voting machines are connected to the internet.
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) December 14, 2020
1. Nov. 30, 2020
Rumor: In-person early voting is incorrectly showing up on my voter record as “absentee.”
Reality: In NC, ballots cast during the early voting period are considered “absentee in person.” Learn more about your voter record: https://t.co/YzCSmKIhnZ#ncpol #YourVoteCountsNC pic.twitter.com/vASqjgtQvb
— NCSBE (@NCSBE) November 30, 2020