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North Carolina

Abbreviation: 
NC

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 Provisional Voting

You may be asked to vote a provisional ballot if:

  • your qualification to vote is questioned
  • your voter eligibility is questioned
  • your eligibility to vote a specific ballot is questioned

If you are asked to vote a provisional ballot, that ballot will be held aside until you can prove your eligibility to vote.

Examples of reasons for provisional voting:

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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Voting assistance, curbside voting, and reassignment of polling place are offered to disabled voters.

REASSIGNMENT OF POLLING PLACE

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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 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.

North Carolina Registration Deadline

Voter registration forms must be either postmarked or delivered in person by 5 pm 25 days before Election Day.

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application.

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