Elections Guide: Forsyth County NC Midterm Election 2018

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The presidential election every four years brings out the most voters, but still, the percentage of the eligible voters in American who voted in the 2016 election was only 58%. Many countries don’t even give their citizens the right to vote but we are lucky, and it’s time we acted like it! This year is a midterm election, and there is no time like the present to educate yourself, so you are ready to speak up for what you believe in on Election Day 2018, November 6, 2018.

Read this quick and easy, non-partisan Forsyth County midterm election guide, so you are educated and ready to speak up for what you believe in on Election Day 2018 in Winston-Salem, NC.

Midterm Elections

The midterm elections are held every four years as well but in the middle of the President’s four-year term. So, November 2018 is a midterm election. The United States Congress seats are decided in these elections, including all 435 House of Representatives seats and the full term of about 1/3 of the Senate seats.

This vote also elects the state governors in 34 of the 50 states for 4 -year terms, plus New Hampshire and Vermont elect governors for 2-year terms in both midterm and presidential years.

State legislatures’ officers, local municipal officers, and local bonds elections are also commonly decided during the midterm election.

Sadly, midterm elections tend to show even lower voter turnout than presidential elections, with only about 40% of eligible voters taking to the polls. However, every election represents an opportunity and responsibility to speak up for what you believe in and shape the future of your local community, state and the country at large.

Midterm Election Guide 2018 For Forsyth County, NC

I have always found it difficult to obtain easy-to-understand information about the candidates and the ballot for MY VOTE. Sure, I can find general info, but I always find myself at the poll being asked to vote for things and people I did not know would be on the ballot. So, I am faced with making a non-educated guess, skipping or making a choice based on gender, name familiarity, etc.

I was thrilled to find a better way this year. Women of Action Winston-Salem recently put together a non-partisan voter guide (link below) that starts by clearly explaining how to register to vote (deadline: October 12, 2018), how to see a sample of YOUR ballot and then takes you through the basic details of each candidate, amendment, bond, etc.

Midterm Election Guide – November 2018

Midterm Election Ballot Items For Forsyth County/Winston-Salem, NC

  • U.S. House Representative – District 5
  • NC Senators
  • NC House of Representatives
  • County Board of Commissioners (4 of 7 seats)
  • WSFC Board of Education (all 9 seats)
  • Sheriff
  • State and County Judges (including State Supreme Court)
  • NC Constitutional Amendments
  • Sales Tax Referendum
  • City Bonds

Register To Vote

On Election Day, you cannot vote unless you have registered. But, if you come out for early voting, you can still register at the polls. While this is not true in every state, NC allows this helpful convenience.

Early Voting

Early voting in North Carolina runs from October 17 to November 3, 2018. If you missed the deadline to register to vote (October 12), you could still register when you come to the early vote. Regardless of your precinct, during early voting, you can go to any early voting site in the county.

Election Day

The midterm election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. On this date, all votes must be cast in your local precinct.

Have you already or are you planning to vote? If not, is anything preventing you from being able to?

Born right here in Winston-Salem, NC, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Michelle is a native. At age one she moved to Virginia but after spending 30+ years moving around Virginia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, California and even Paris, France, Michelle returned home to Winston-Salem in 2004. A job at Hanes brought her here but the heart of the city has kept her here. Her favorite things about Winston-Salem are its welcoming people who call it home, its art-centric culture, and its perfect location at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains and a short drive to the beaches of the Atlantic. The lack of traffic is a pretty tremendous asset as well, especially since it gives her more free time to enjoy cooking and playing with her dogs, Bella and Lily. Michelle is one of the many residents of this great city who are thrilled to call this "My Winston-Salem"!

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Vote Early
Early voting – If possible, please early vote at one of the following locations to show that you value having accessible early voting sites for all communities, particularly communities of color.
*Brown & Douglas Community Center, 4725 Indiana Avenue
*Mazie Woodruff Center, 4905 Lansing Drive
*WR Anderson Jr. Center (Reynolds Park), 2450 Reynolds Park Road
Sam F
Anyone have information on Beth Tucker or Toby Bost, running for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor in Forsyth? It says they’re non-partisan, but I’d love to dig deeper and find out their background.
Jill G
I’m not sure it matters since it’s not a contested position? I don’t believe write-ins have ever won in an election, but I’m happy to be proven wrong.
Bethany D
Wow this is a great resource thanks Michelle! I wish something like this had been available in the 2016 election, it was so difficult finding information on candidates and issues online. I didn’t realize just how many seats are up for election in these midterms, no wonder it’s so hyped up! I look forward to voting early tomorrow – it was nice of schools to let us pick up our kids early so I can do so!!