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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in North Carolina

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in North Carolina.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
10/15/2020
Early Voting Begins
10/31/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/27/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 10/15/2020 and ends on 10/31/2020

You can return your mail-in ballot to your early voting site.

Click here to find early voting sites in your county. You may register to vote at early voting locations.

How Vote By Mail Works in North Carolina

Voting by mail is a two step process in North Carolina. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is Oct. 27th at 5 p.m. Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Sign your oath in the presence of an adult witness, they must sign it too.
  • Return in person to your county board of elections by Nov. 3rd or to an early voting site from Oct. 15th to Oct. 31st. 
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot - ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd and received by Nov. 12th to be counted. To make your 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 on Nov. 3rd. We recommend returning ASAP.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

Grab a friend! You must sign your the voter's oath on the return enevelope in the presence of an adult witness. The must sign it, too. Make sure to follow the signature and witness instructions. Without the proper signatures, your ballot will be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Early voting locations
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. You will be contacted by your county elections office if there is a challenge to your signature. You may get a phone call from a number that you do not recognize with a notification that you need to track your ballot. Be sure to answer so you don't miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have not used your absentee ballot and would like to vote in person, you can either go to early voting sites from Oct. 15th to 31st or go to your polling site on Election Day.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in North Carolina

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for North Carolina First Time Voter Info