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Statewide | Early Voting Open for May Primaries

04/19/2018 - 05/05/2018

Early Voting in NC is Available April 19 – May 5, 2018

From the NC State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement:

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.

One-stop Early Voting Site Lookup

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:

  • North Carolina driver license
  • Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, so long as the card bears the voter’s current name and current address.
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address
  • A current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation

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!

Voter Lookup

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:

  1. Fill out a State Absentee Ballot Request Form. Request forms are available on the website of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement and at offices of the state and county boards of elections.
  2. Return the completed and signed request form to your county board of elections in person or by email, fax or regular mail. Contact information for county boards is available here. Voters must request the form no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. The county board will process the request and, if the request is valid, mail the voter a blank absentee ballot, absentee voting instructions, an absentee application and certificate and a return envelope.
  3. Mark the ballot in the presence of two witnesses or a notary public and seal the ballot in the return envelope.
  4. Complete the Absentee Application and Certificate on the back of the envelope. The voter’s witnesses must sign the envelope in the space for “Witnesses’ Certification” or “Notary-Witness Certification.” If someone assists the voter, the assister must sign and date the certificate as well.
  5. Return the ballot to the county board of elections no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day, May 8. The envelope may be mailed or delivered in person to the board of elections’ office. Only the voter or the voter’s near relative may deliver an absentee ballot in person.

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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