Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to For Registering to Vote by Mail is October 9, 2020.
Link to Application: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Registering-to-Vote
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check Registration Here: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/
Update Here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Registering-to-Vote
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
- Correct Political Party preference
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline for absentee mail ballot application: October 27
We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.
Request Mail-In Ballot Here:
For 2020 General Election only, North Carolina reduced witness requirement to ONE witness who must sign and date envelope along with voter.
Witness disqualifications include: being under 18 years of age; a candidate (unless a near relative); owner of hospital, nursing homes, rest home, or similar group living quarters where voter is a resident or patient; elected officials, campaign managers, campaign treasurers or treasurers for political party or organization.
Check details, see county office contacts: https://www.ncsbe.gov/index.html
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot:
BY MAIL: POSTMARKED BY ELECTION DAY NOV. 3, 2020 AND RECEIVED IN ELECTIONS OFFICE BY 3 DAYS LATER, NOV. 6, 2020.
BY IN-PERSON DROP OFF : MUST BE IN COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE BY ELECTION DAY, NOV. 3 AT 5 PM.
OK TO DROP OFF AT ANY ONE-STOP-EARLY=VOTING SITE
NOT OK TO DROP OFF ON ELECTION DAY AT THE POLLS! IF YOU ARE THAT LATE, EITHER ENTER POST OFFICE TO GUARANTEE ELECTION DAY POSTMARK OR DROP OFF IN PERSON BY 5 PM AT COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE.
NC must give a provisional ballot to any voter who “record indicates that the voter who is presenting to vote has already cast a ballot in the election.” BUT NC now has electronic poll books. The poll worker can check whether election office has received a voted mail ballot for you. If not, you vote regular. If so, you vote provisional. The checking process slows the voting line. Please consider One-Stop-Early-Voting if you are a mail voter who prefers to, or must, vote in person. Bring ID.
There, too, unless a mail ballot has been received in your name, you can vote a non-provisional ballot. The check-in won’t cause as much disruption as on Election Day.
CHECK YOUR MAIL BALLOT’S STATUS: NC allows you to look up your voter record and track the progress of your mail ballot (sent, received): https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/
4. Early voting information
- Early voting is available 10 days prior to Election Day until 2 days prior to Election Day. Early voting is available beginning 19 days before election day (Oct 15, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020.)
- Early Voting sites and times vary from county to county. To find your polling place visit: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/PPLkup/
- Any voter in a county can use any of the Early Voting sites in the county. You do not need an excuse to use Early Voting.
- The North Carolina State Board of Elections has updates on voting during the Covid-19 Pandemic. You can find that information here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/coronavirus
For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://www.ncsbe.gov/index.html or contact the North Carolina State Board of Elections by phone 866.522.4723 (toll free).
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 17 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or older) in their county
6. Additional Questions?