How to vote in North Carolina

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. North Carolina allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. North Carolina offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in North Carolina. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in North Carolina you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of North Carolina and the county in which you live for at least 30 days prior to the election
  • be 18 years of age by the day of the next general election
  • have your rights of citizenship restored if you have been convicted of a felony
  • not be registered or vote in any other county or state

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in North Carolina can look up where to vote on North Carolina's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

North Carolina voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 17 to Saturday, November 3, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • If you've voted in North Carolina before, you don't need to show ID to vote.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't provide your driver's license number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration form, you will need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: a driver's license or state ID; US Passport; employee ID; student ID; military ID; or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in North Carolina.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using North Carolina's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Friday, October 12.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Saturday, November 3. After the regular voter registration deadline of Friday, October 12, you can register and vote in person at one-stop sites during the early voting period, which runs from Wednesday, October 17 to Saturday, November 3. This process is known as same-day registration. Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of residence. Within two business days, the county board of elections will review the registration and the registrant's address. Your vote will be counted unless the county board of elections determines that you are not qualified to vote.
  • The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 17 to Saturday, November 3, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.

Election contact information for North Carolina

Address:
State Board of Elections
Third floor, 430 N. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Phone Number:
(919) 814-0700