Voting in
North Carolina

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in North Carolina, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the North Carolina Election Website or call (919) 814-0700 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date
10/9/2020
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for North Carolina

Don’t miss your next election!

The voter registration deadline for North Carolina is Oct. 9th. If you would prefer to vote by mail, you must apply by 5pm on 10/27. We recommend getting your application in as soon as possible. Vote-by-mail ballots can be requested for any election- no excuse required.

Missed the registration deadline? No problem, bring proof of residence and you may register to vote in person during in-person early voting.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in North Carolina:

Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.

Your state has a "postmark" deadline of Tuesday, November 3rd. To make the mandated postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time for the postmark deadline. You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Be sure to sign your ballot in the presence of an adult that can serve as a witness. They must also sign your ballot.

Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.

 

 

Presidential Primaries

If you are registered with the Republican or Democratic party, you are only allowed to vote in their primaries. If you are unaffiliated with a political party, you may select either party's ballot at the polls and remain unaffiliated. See North Carolina Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 15th to Oct. 31st

You can vote in-person at your county’s Board of Elections office and designated early voting locations from Oct. 15th to Oct. 31st. No excuse required. You may also register to vote during early voting. Note that Early Voting hours vary widely by county, check with your local Board of Elections for exact times.

To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 27th at 5 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be signed by one witnesses, then it must be received by 5 p.m. on election day.

The absentee ballot application period opens Jan. 1st. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election. No excuse required.

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Voter ID + Access for North Carolina

Do Voters Need ID?

  • No, voters do not need an ID
  • Student IDs accepted
  • ID needed to vote absentee

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote during Early Voting.

  • Pre-registration

    • The pre-registration age is 16
    • You can vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election
    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.