One-stop absentee voting (commonly known as “early voting”) allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person on select days prior to Election Day. One-stop voting begins on the third Thursday prior to Election Day and ends on the last Saturday before Election Day. Unlike on Election Day, when registered voters can only vote at their specific precinct, one-stop voting allows registered voters to vote at any one-stop absentee voting site in the county. One-stop sites will have all the ballot styles for a given election at each site.
When you present to vote at a one-stop site, you may change your name or address, if it needs to be updated.
To find all the one-stop locations in your county, click the button below to explore our one-stop site lookup tool.
Same Day Registration:
Persons who are not registered in a county may register at one-stop sites (early voting sites) during the early voting period. Upon completion of registration, the newly-registered voter can immediately vote at that same one-stop site. This process is known as same-day registration.
Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of residence. A voter attests to her eligibility by completing a Voter Registration Application and affixing his/her signature. Knowingly attesting to false information is a Class One felony. After the voter’s attestation, he/she must prove his/her residence by presenting any one of the following showing his/her current name and current address:
Within two business days of the person’s registration, the county board of elections will verify the registrant’s driver license or social security number, update the voter registration database, search for possible duplicate registrations, and proceed to verify the registrant’s address by mail. The registrant’s vote will be counted unless the county board of elections determines that he or she is not qualified to vote.
Not sure if you are registered to vote? Click on the button below to access our Voter Lookup tool and check with one easy search!
If you are not registered to vote, or wish to change your voter registration information, you can complete this Voter Registration Form and return it to the NCSBE.
Absentee By Mail Voting:
Absentee by-mail voting has begun for the May 8 primary election in North Carolina.
Absentee by-mail is one of several voting options available to all registered N.C. voters. Unlike some other states, no excuse is needed to vote by mail in North Carolina.
Absentee-by-mail voting is fairly self-explanatory. A voter fills out a request form for an absentee ballot, then mails it to their county board of elections. The BOE will process the form and mail the voter a ballot, which the voter should complete, have witnessed, and return by mail.
Absentee by-mail voting can be accomplished in five (5) easy steps:
Additional information, including details on absentee voting for voters living in facilities such as nursing homes, can be found on the State Board’s Civilian Absentee Voting page.
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