North Carolina Voting Rights Restoration

In all states, it's a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. If you are uncertain about your status from the information provided on this page, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.

Misdemeanor convictions in North Carolina

You do not lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in North Carolina. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from office administrators at your complex.

You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.

Felony convictions in North Carolina

You lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a felony. You can't vote while incarcerated, while on probation, or while on parole. Your right to vote is automatically restored once you complete your full sentence.

There is ongoing litigation around expanded eligibility for people convicted of felonies.  On July 26, 2022, new eligibility rules will come into place so that you can vote, even while incarcerated, on probation, or on parole.                                                                                                                                                                

Next steps for restoring voting rights in North Carolina

If your sentence is completed, including parole or probation, you may register to vote and cast a ballot.

Starting on July 26, 2022, as soon as you are released from prison, you may register to vote and cast a ballot. (This is subject to currently pending ligitation and may change.  This page will be updated accordingly.)


Helpful U.S. Vote Foundation Resources

Click here for help with: 

  • Registering to vote

  • Requesting an absentee ballot

  • Requesting a mail-in ballot

Click here for help with finding your Election Official.