Democracy Tables

The Greensboro History Museum has teamed up with the UNCG Department of Communication Studies to launch a series of Democracy Tables as part of the Project Democracy 20/20 initiative.

The Democracy Tables project seeks engagement from residents of Greensboro and the surrounding area to explore, question, and respond to community concerns in an intimate and informal group setting. We will talk, share experiences, and connect our fellow neighbors with answers, resources, and the government mechanisms that support change. This collaborative dialogue will deepen civic engagement and strengthen community leadership in our city. With the 2020 election just around the corner, the beginning of this community-led journey examines voting and voter access in Greensboro. 

We welcome you to join one of our 90-minute conversation sessions. Come build democracy in our home city!

Register

Another set of Democracy Tables conversations coming spring 2021! Have a topic you want to talk about? Let us know at museum@greensborohistory.org

Democracy Tables: You Asked!

On October 4, community experts Leila Lewis of You Can Vote, Danielle Pritchett from the Greensboro Public Library, and League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad co-president Ann Proescholdt-Shaw answered questions about voting in Greensboro in 2020. Featuring special musical guests Marianna Levithan and Gabe Parks.

 

Resources

Useful links for Guilford County and North Carolina voters

 

Important Dates for Election 2020:

  • Regular Voter Registration Deadline: Friday, October 9
  • Early Voting Period: Thursday, October 15 to Saturday, October 31
  • Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Tuesday, October 27
  • Deadline to Return an Absentee Ballot: Tuesday, November 3
  • General Election Day: Tuesday, November 3

Ways to Vote in NC in 2020

You Can Vote!: Ways to Vote, Absentee Ballots and More!

Are you overwhelmed with conflicting information out there about voting? Listen in as Danielle talks with Leila Lewis of You Can Vote about everything you need to vote. You Can Vote is a nonpartisan organization that specializes in voter education for Guilford County and surrounding area communities.

Posted by Greensboro Public Library on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Registering to Vote Online

Register to Vote Online

Danielle is here to show us step by step how to register to vote online in North Carolina.You can get started today: https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/offices-services/online/Pages/default.aspx

Posted by Greensboro Public Library on Friday, July 31, 2020

Guilford County Board of Elections
This site includes links to check on your voter registration status, polling place, district, and candidates you’re eligible to vote for. It also has a link through which you can print out a voter registration form. The site also features information on applying for an absentee ballot, as well as election statistics.

North Carolina State Board of Elections
This site provides a link through which you may print out a voter registration form. It also provides links to state laws pertaining to elections, the agency’s publications, applying for absentee ballots, local boards of elections in the state, and other useful items. On this site there’s also a link through which you may check the status of your voter registration. The site provides election statistics statewide and at the local level, and some pages on the site may also be viewed in Spanish. 

United States Federal Election Commission
Information for residents, the media, and candidates and campaign committees. 

FAQ

Why is the Greensboro History Museum hosting Democracy Tables 2020?

Democracy Tables are designed to enhance community connections, increase civic engagement, support civil dialogue, and share fact-based information. These conversations reach into different parts of the city to invite residents to share experiences and concerns — and to discover ways to make change in their communities.

What will we talk about?

The fall 2020 Democracy Tables sessions are about voting: challenges people face getting to the poll, differences on what voting means for Greensboro residents, knowing who they’re voting for and how to make sure their ballots count.

Can I participate in more than one session?

Yes, we hope you will make sure to join us for Democracy Tables: You Asked! on October 4 to hear answers to some of the questions that come up during the conversation sessions!

How will I benefit as a  participant in the Democracy Tables?

You will learn about others in your community. In addition, you can expect to learn more about the voting process and upcoming election issues at the Democracy Tables: You Asked! on October 4.

What is required to participate?

The great thing about Democracy Tables is that you do not need any advance training or preparation. All you need to do, with the help of your table host, is follow the guidelines in the handout provided to you. We think you’ll enjoy listening to others, sharing your experiences and stories, and finding connections and differences that define us and our democracy.

You will need to register in advance to join a Democracy Tables conversation session. Sign up above.

What happens to the information we discuss at our Democracy Tables?

Community experts will address questions and issues from the Democracy Tables conversations at Democracy Tables: You Asked! on October 4. Also, conversations will help add to the exhibition Pieces of Now: Mask, Murals, Community Stories & Conversations ongoing at the Greensboro History Museum.

What happens if I don’t want to speak or if I want to leave early?

We hope you’ll find Democracy Tables fun and engaging. However, if you’re not at ease or need to leave for any reason, please feel free to do so.

Will there be other topics to discuss besides voting?

We’ll be offering another round of Democracy Tables conversations in spring 2021. Let us know what you want to talk about at museum@greensborohistory.org

Support

Democracy Tables are made possible by the NCA Center for Communication, Community Collaboration and Change and are part of the museum’s continuing Project Democracy 20/20 initiative, exploring American democracy through exhibitions, public programs and innovative community connections.