Johnson C. Smith University has had a long history of encouraging our students to make an impact on the world by getting out and voting. 

JCSU Students with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles holding voting signs

We also understand that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, figuring out how, when and where to vote can be a bit confusing this year. That is why we have laid out some resources to help you navigate the system to make sure that your vote is counted this year. 

Find out where you are registered

The first step in finding out how to vote is finding out where you are registered. This year JCSU is working with Vote to Live and the HBCU Challenge and #VoteHBCU initiative to make this step an easy process. Simply fill out this online form and you will be able to find out where you are currently registered. 

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After you fill out the form, you will get more information and links for the state where you are registered to vote. 

Not registered? Click here to register TODAY! 


Absentee Ballots for JCSU Addresses

If you registered to vote as a student at JCSU and filled in your student address on your voter registration form you may be registered to vote in Mecklenburg County, the county in North Carolina where JCSU is physically located. 

Before doing anything, please fill out this quick form to find out exactly where you are registered to vote. 

If you are registered to vote in Mecklenburg County and are local and want to vote in person this is an excellent way to ensure that your vote will be counted. Early voting in Mecklenburg County begins on Thursday, October 15, 2020, and ends Saturday, October 31, 2020, at 3 p.m. 

If you are at your home due to COVID-19, you can still make your voice heard through an absentee ballot: 

First, you will need to fill out an absentee ballot request form

If you are registered at the University, the proper address to use on your form is:  

Johnson C Smith University
Residential Address:
100 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte NC 28216
Mailing Address:
JCSU, UPO #, 100 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte NC 28216

After you have filled it out, you must send this completed and signed form into the County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, in order to receive an absentee ballot in the mail for the November 3 election.The completed and signed form can also be faxed or emailed. 

Mecklenburg County Board of Elections
PO Box 31788 Charlotte, NC 28231 
absentee@mecklenburgcountync.gov
704.336.2133 (p)  704.319.9722 (f)

The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections will send you your physical ballot by mail which you must fill out and return to them. Your ballot must be returned (postmarked) by Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day). Absentee ballots received after 5 p.m. on Election Day will be counted only if they are postmarked on or before Election Day and received by mail no later than 5 p.m. November 6. Ballots without a postmark must be received by Election Day.

Mecklenburg County also has some FAQs for absentee voting that you should make sure to review.

Share on social!

When you vote you are participating in creating American History! Be proud and share your voting selfie on social media! Make sure that you include #JCSU and #VoteHBCU!

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