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North Carolina

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

November 5, 2024

North Carolina General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: TBA
  • In-Person: TBA
  • Online: TBA
  • Election Day Registration & Voting: TBA
Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot Request Deadline
  • Received by: TBA
Completed Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot Return Deadline
  • Post received: TBA
  • In-Person: TBA
Early Voting
  • In-Person Absentee Voting: TBA

Helpful Resources

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to vote

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What's on your
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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 2024 (fillable PDF) or the Spanish N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form for 2024 (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 

Your early voting site may be at your county board of elections or at another site, please check your voting location. One-stop absentee voting is conducted from the second Thursday before the election and until 1pm on the last Saturday before Election Day. Exact times and dates depend on your county.

Check with your county here

See details of early voting here

In-Language Material

APIAVote sent translated mailers to over 1 million AAPI households in order to inform them on how, where and when to vote, in their preferred language. Click the link below to see the mailer sent to North Carolina:

North Carolina 2022 Voter Guide (Chinese simplified & Korean)

North Carolina 2022 Voter Guide (Hindi & Urdu)

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

To vote in North Carolina you must bring an acceptable form of photo identification. Acceptable ID includes any of the following that is valid and unexpired, or has been expired for one year or less:
  • A North Carolina driver’s license.
  • A special identification card for nonoperators or other form of non-temporary identification issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles of the Department of Transportation.
  • A United States passport.
  • A North Carolina voter photo identification card of the registered voter.
  • A student identification card issued by a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, a community college, or eligible private postsecondary institution.
  • An employee identification card issued by a state or local government entity, including a charter school.
  • A driver’s license or special identification card for nonoperators issued by another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory or commonwealth of the United States, but only if the voter’s voter registration was within 90 days of the election.
A registered voter may request a provisional ballot if they did not bring an acceptable photo ID. All county boards of election can issue free voter photo IDs to registered voters in their county. For more information on photo id requirements see: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/voter-id

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.