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
Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 10/19/2023 and ends on 11/04/2023

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 October 31st 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 November 7th at 5 p.m. or to an early voting site from  October 19th to November 4th. 
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot - ballots must be postmarked by November 7th and received by November 7th 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 October 10th. 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

You must sign the outside of the security envelope!  Make sure to follow the signature and witness instructions. Without the proper signatures, your ballot will be tossed and will not count.

The absentee ballot return envelope must be signed by 1 notary or 2 witnesses. 

Use The Right Form of ID

If a voter is requesting to vote by mail they must submit North Carolina driver's license or state ID number, or last four digits of their social security number. ID does not need to be sent when returning a ballot in the mail, but the signature on the ballot will be checked against the signature on the voter registration form. Absentee ballots will not be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of 2 non-prohibited witnesses.

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

A near relative or legal guardian may mail or hand-deliver the Return Envelope.

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. 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?

You may still vote in person as long as you haven't returned your absentee ballot. Your absentee ballot will be "spoiled" after voting in person. You may simply discard the absentee ballot. There is no need to bring it with to a polling place.

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