State of North Carolina Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

North Carolina General Election held on Tue Nov 6, 2018

New Voter Registration

Fri Oct 12, 2018

Absentee Ballot Request

Tue Oct 30, 2018

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Nov 6, 2018

Early Voting

Thu Oct 18, 2018 - Sat Nov 3, 2018

North Carolina State Primary Election held on Tue May 8, 2018

New Voter Registration

Fri Apr 13, 2018

Absentee Ballot Request

Tue May 1, 2018

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue May 8, 2018

Early Voting

Thu Apr 19, 2018 - Sat May 5, 2018

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

You must have resided in your county at least 30 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote.

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 630am to 730pm on Election Day.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

Through one-stop absentee voting (in-person absentee voting, or early voting) registered voters may go to their county board of elections office (or an alternative location) to vote an absentee ballot.

One-stop absentee voting is conducted from the second Thursday before the election and until 1pm on the last Saturday before Election Day.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

You are eligible to vote in North Carolina if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of North Carolina
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in North Carolina if:

  • You are registered to vote in another state
  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony

Restorative Requirements

  • If you have been previously convicted of a felony crime, you may vote in North Carolina if your voting rights have been restored

Voter Registration

To register to vote in North Carolina you should provide:

  • Your North Carolina Voter Registration Number (if known)
  • Your North Carolina Driver's License or State/non-driver ID Number
  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Bank Statement
  • Government Check
  • Utility Bill
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID

You can alternatively provide one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

If you registered to vote in North Carolina, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID

All accepted forms of ID may be used up to one year after expiration.

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Overseas & Military Voters

North Carolina General Election held on Tue Nov 6, 2018

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Mon Nov 5, 2018 5:00pm EST Received by Mon Nov 5, 2018 5:00pm EST

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Nov 5, 2018 5:00pm EST Received by Mon Nov 5, 2018 5:00pm EST

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 6, 2018 12:00am EST
  • Email or Fax by Tue Nov 6, 2018 7:30pm EST
  • Post received by Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:00pm EST
  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 6, 2018 12:00am EST
  • Email or Fax by Tue Nov 6, 2018 7:30pm EST
  • Post received by Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:00pm EST

North Carolina State Primary Election held on Tue May 8, 2018

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Mon May 7, 2018 5:00pm EDT Received by Mon May 7, 2018 5:00pm EDT

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon May 7, 2018 5:00pm EDT Received by Mon May 7, 2018 5:00pm EDT

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue May 8, 2018 12:00am EDT
  • Email or Fax by Tue May 8, 2018 7:30pm EDT
  • Post received by Thu May 17, 2018 5:00pm EDT
  • Postmarked by Tue May 8, 2018 12:00am EDT
  • Email or Fax by Tue May 8, 2018 7:30pm EDT
  • Post received by Thu May 17, 2018 5:00pm EDT

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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UOCAVA voters may also elect to vote a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) in lieu of a regular State ballot. Military and overseas voters may use a FWAB to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and vote for all federal, state and local contest items for which the voter is eligible. Only the voter may sign his or her FPCA or FWAB. Family members may not sign these forms on the voter's behalf The North Carolina State Board of Elections office offers a secure fax line for voting materials transmission: +1 (919) 715 0351. The North Carolina State Board of Elections office offers an email address dedicated to military and overseas citizens to inquire about voting information, request the voter registration/absentee ballot form, return the voter registration/absentee ballot form, or return their executed voting materials at absentee@ncsbe.gov

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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UOCAVA voters may also elect to vote a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) in lieu of a regular State ballot. Military and overseas voters may use a FWAB to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and vote for all federal, state and local contest items for which the voter is eligible. Only the voter may sign his or her FPCA or FWAB. Family members may not sign these forms on the voter's behalf The North Carolina State Board of Elections office offers a secure fax line for voting materials transmission: +1 (919) 715 0351. The North Carolina State Board of Elections office offers an email address dedicated to military and overseas citizens to inquire about voting information, request the voter registration/absentee ballot form, return the voter registration/absentee ballot form, or return their executed voting materials at absentee@ncsbe.gov