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North Carolina

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

November 8, 2022

North Carolina General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: October 14, 2022
  • In-person request by: November 5, 2022
  • Online request by: October 14, 2022
Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot Request Deadline
  • Received by: November 1, 2022
Completed Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot Return Deadline
  • Post received: November 8, 2022
  • In-person received: November 8, 2022
Early Voting: October 20 – November 5, 2022

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Absentee (Mail-in) Voting

You do not need a reason or excuse to vote absentee in North Carolina, any voter is eligible to vote absentee and by mail. Registered voters in North Carolina must request an absentee ballot with an official N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form. There are two ways to access and submit the form:

  1. Online with “Option 1 – Request an Absentee Ballot” at the N.C. Absentee Ballot Portal.
  2. On paper with the English N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form for 2022 (fillable PDF) or the Spanish N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form for 2022 (fillable PDF).

Your county board of elections must receive your request by 5 PM the Tuesday before Election Day, and completed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received within 3 days after the election. If you want to return your completed ballot in person, it must be received 5 PM the day before Election Day.

See details of absentee voting and download the application here

Early Voting 

Early voting begins on October 20th and ends 3pm on November 5th. Your early voting site may be at your county board of elections or at another site, please check your voting location. Exact times and dates depend on your county.

Check with your county here

See details of early voting here

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM EST. 

Find your polling location.

Voter ID Requirements

Currently no photo ID is required to vote. A court ruling has repealed North Carolina’s voter ID law.

The exception is for first-time voters who did not provide a North Carolina driver’s license number or the last four digits of the Social Security number at the time of voter registration must show identification when you vote.

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters.

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.