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Election 2020

This guide features information about the 2020 election.

Are You Registered?

You may already be registered to vote in the state of North Carolina. To check your voter registration status, search for your name in the North Carolina State Board of Elections database.

If you're registered to vote in a state other than North Carolina, you can check your registration status through the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Register to Vote

To vote in an election, you must be registered to vote. You can register to vote through the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

If you have a North Carolina drivers license or an ID issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, you can register to vote or update your registration online.

The deadline to register in North Carolina is 25 days prior to Election Day (Friday, October 9, 2020).

Request an Absentee Ballot

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals are planning to vote by mail (also known as voting by absentee ballot). To vote by mail, you must request a ballot from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. 

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot in North Carolina is Tuesday, October 27, 2020. However due to the expected increase in voting by mail this year, it is strongly encouraged that you request your absentee ballot early. You can request an absentee ballot by filling out this form.

This year, you can mail, email, fax, or hand deliver absentee ballot request forms to your county board of elections.

Once you've received your actual absentee ballot and filled out, you must return your ballot by 5 pm on Election Day - Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Absentee ballots that are received after Election Day will be counted only if they are received by 5 pm three days after Election Day and postmarked on or before November 3, 2020.

Find Your Polling Place

Everyone has a designated polling place to vote in person on Election Day. It's important to know where to vote if you plan on voting on Election Day. If you're registered to vote in North Carolina, search for your polling place at the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

You do not need a photo ID to vote in North Carolina in 2020.

Voting Early in Person

Many people like to vote early in person to avoid long lines on Election Day.

Early voting in person in North Carolina runs from Thursday, October 15  to Saturday, October 31, 2020. To vote early in person, you will have to visit one of the designated early voting sites in your county

Early voting sites also have same-day registration, meaning that if you haven't registered to vote before, you can register at the early voting site and vote on the same day during the early voting period.

To register at an early voting site, you must have proof of residence (i.e. - an NC driver's license, a photo ID issued by a government agency, a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck showing your name and address, or a current college/university photo ID along with proof of campus residence).