League of Women Voters

North Carolina


North Carolina Early Voting

One-stop absentee voting (early voting) begins on the third Thursday before the election and ends at 1pm the last Saturday before the election. One-stop absentee voting takes place at either the County Board of Elections office or an alternate site if the County Board office is not able to handle in-person voting.

North Carolina Absentee Ballot Process

No excuses are needed to request a mail-in absentee ballot.

To receive a mail-in ballot you must complete the State Absentee Ballot Request form. A signed copy of this form must be received by the county board of elections no later than 5pm on the last Tuesday before the election. You can mail, fax, email or hand deliver the form to the county board of elections. Find your county board of elections contact information here.

North Carolina Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

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The voting systems used in North Carolina are optical scan, DRE, and hand-counted paper ballots.

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The polling place will be open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.

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Time off to vote is subject to the employer. North Carolina state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

North Carolina ID Needed for Voter Registration

To register, you must complete and sign a voter registration application. To complete the form, you must provide your full name, residential address, date of birth and citizenship status. Once completed, you must mail the form to the board of elections in your county. The board of elections will then send you a voter registration card.

North Carolina ID Needed for Voting

Identification is required of first-time voters who register by mail and do not provide proof of identification with their application. If you have voted in previous elections, or registered in person, no ID is needed to vote.

If you do need to show ID at the polls, acceptable forms include any bill in your name at your address or even the vouching of your ID by a poll official.


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Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)


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