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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.

Important Dates - State Primary

State Primary Election Day
State Primary Registration Deadline (by mail)
State Primary Type

Don’t miss your next election!

Cities and towns across North Carolina will hold local elections on Nov. 2nd. The deadline to register to vote by mail or online is Oct. 8th. You can also can register to vote in person at early voting sites through Oct. 30th. Note 35 towns across North Carolina postponed their local elections due to delayed census data. Click here to confirm your election schedule.

In North Carolina you can vote in person on Election Day, during early voting, or by mail. Your polling place hours are open between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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.

Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 13th to Oct. 30th

You can vote in-person at your county’s Board of Elections office and designated early voting locations from Oct. 13th to Oct. 30st. 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. 26th at 5 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be signed by a notary or two witnesses, then it must be postmarked by 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.


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.

    Have you been convicted of a felony?

    See what the registration laws are in your state below.

    Felon Re-Enfranchisement Laws

    Voting and attending college?

    Get information on how to vote from Campus Vote Project below.

    College Student Voting Info