Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Voting Guide

Ways to Vote

IN-PERSON ON ELECTION DAY

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Any voter in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to vote. The busiest times tend to be early in the morning and just before the polls close. Avoid longer lines by voting at off-peak times.

VOTE EARLY IN-PERSON

One-Stop Early Voting

Any registered voter or eligible individual may cast an absentee ballot in person during the early voting period. In North Carolina, this period is sometimes called “one-stop early voting.”

One-stop early voting site information is available now for the 2020 general election:

Use the One-Stop Early Voting Site Search

In 2020, the in-person early voting period begins Thursday, October 15, and ends Saturday, October 31. During early voting, voters may cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county. This is different from Election Day when registered voters must vote at their assigned precinct.

Absentee Voting

REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT ONLINE

Request and Track Your Absentee Ballot Online

Launch the tools below or find more information on our Absentee Ballot Tools page. 

Absentee Ballot Request Portal - Request an absentee ballot online

BallotTrax - Track your absentee ballot through the mail

REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL

Registered voters may download, fill out, and return the Absentee Ballot Request Form to their county board of elections by October 27. Detailed instructions and county boards of elections contact information included with the form.

English PDF, Spanish PDF - Forms

Vote by Mail - More information

ABSENTEE VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS

If you plan to vote by absentee ballot in North Carolina, you will be asked to provide your state-issued ID number (driver's license, non-operators ID card, or NC Voter Registration number) or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your absentee ballot application.

If you are unable to provide one of those, you can send a photocopy of one of the following forms of ID with your application:

  • Current and valid photo ID
  • Military ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and current address

If are providing a state-issued ID number, but are voting in North Carolina for the first time, registered to vote by mail, and didn't provide ID when you registered, be sure to enclose a copy of your photo ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you return your ballot.

Polling Place

FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE

Any registered voter may vote on Election Day at their assigned polling place in their county. Find your Election Day polling place through the Voter Search Tool or search using your address with the Polling Place Search.