Voting from home in North Carolina

There are three ways to vote in North Carolina this election:

  • In person at your assigned polling place on Election Day
  • In person at any early voting site in your county
  • Absentee by mail (voting from home)

Voting absentee by mail

This election, you can cast a ballot safely and securely from home with absentee voting.

Any registered North Carolina voter can choose to vote absentee by mail. No excuse is needed!

If you want, you can vote in person during early voting or on Election Day. But voting absentee by mail is also a safe, reliable and convenient way to cast your ballot.

Requesting an absentee ballot

In order to vote absentee by mail:

1. Make sure you are registered to vote. If you’re not registered, here’s a downloadable voter registration form that you can complete and send to your county board of elections office.

2. Request an absentee ballot via the State Board of Elections web portal.

Or you can also download and complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form, then send your completed Absentee Ballot Request Form to your county board of elections office by email, fax, mail or in person.

You or a near relative can submit your Absentee Ballot Request Form.  A near relative is defined as a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, stepchild or legal guardian.

You can send your Absentee Ballot Request Form to your county board of elections anytime now through October 27.


Completing & returning your absentee ballot

After you submit your Absentee Ballot Request Form, your county board of elections will mail you an absentee ballot.

You need one witness when completing your absentee ballot. The witness must be at least 18 years old. And the witness cannot be a candidate for office unless that person is your near relative. The witness should not observe so closely that they are able to see what you mark on your ballot. What is required is that the witness sees that you are voting the ballot. Learn more about the witness requirements.

You can return your completed absentee ballot to your county board of elections in any of these ways:

  • by mail to your county board of elections office
  • in person to your county board of elections office
  • in person at any open early voting site in your county during the early voting period

Your absentee ballot must be returned to the county board of elections no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3). Absentee ballots received after 5 p.m. on Election Day will be timely only if they are postmarked on or before the Nov. 3 Election Day and received by mail no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 12.

IMPORTANT: Only the voter or the voter’s near relative may possess the absentee ballot to return it to the county board of elections.

Questions? Learn more about voting absentee or contact your county board of elections office. You can also call the nonpartisan hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE.

And learn more about this year’s election with the 2020 NC Voter Guide.

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