Helpful Voting Links — North Carolina
For voting information specific to your state, click on the links below or in the blue or grey boxes. Or, browse the options below for an extensive directory of additional resources.
Primary/Caucus Info — North Carolina
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.
What's on the ballot?
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.
See Where Your Elected Officials Stand — North Carolina
Voter ID Requirements — North Carolina
What forms of ID are acceptable?
In July 2016 the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered NC to eliminate the Voter ID requirement. Exact details and procedures have not been released from the NC to date, however, our resources will be updated as they become available.
All first time voters should provide a proof of residence when they arrive at their polling place. The following documents with your current address qualify:
The following photo IDs that have photograph and name:
- Drivers license or state issued ID card
- Employee ID card
- Credit or Debit card
- Military ID
- Student ID
- Health Club ID
- Insurance Plan ID card
- Utility Bill
- Bank Statement
- Government check
- Government Paycheck
- Document Issued by a governmental agency
- Sample ballot issued by a governmental agency
- Voter notification card issued by a governmental agency
- Public housing identification card issued by a governmental agency
- Lease or rental statement or agreement issued by a governmental agency
- Student identification card issued issued by a governmental agency
- Tuition statement of bill issued by a governmental agency
- Insurance plan card issued by a governmental agency
- Discharge certificate, pardon, or other official document issued to a voter in connection with the resolution of a criminal case, indictment, sentence, or other matter
- Public transportation authority senior citizen discount card issued by a governmental agency
- Identification document issued by governmental disability agencies
- Identification document issued by governmental homeless shelters and other temporary or transitional facilities
- Drug prescription issued by a government doctor or other governmental health care provider
- Property tax statement issued by a governmental agency
- Vehicle registration or certificate of ownership issued by a governmental agency
Early & Absentee Voting — North CarolinaRequest an Absentee Ballot
Early Voting Dates: Oct. 20th to Nov. 5th
You can vote in person at your county's Board of Election's office and designated early voting locations locations for 17 days preceding Nov. 5th before the election. 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 (click here) no later than Nov. 1st. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be signed by two witnesses or a notary, then it must be postmarked by the day before the election
Exact dates and details are pending after the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered NC to reinstate a week of early voting and same day registration at the end of July 2016. Resources will be updated as the state finalizes procedure.