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Last update: May 02, 2021
Who can vote
To register in North Carolina you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- have lived at the registered address for at least thirty days immediately before the next election at which you want to vote
- 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 and completed your felony sentence including probation, post release supervision, parole or a prison term
- not be registered or vote in any other county or state
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote in person
Vote on Election Day
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 still be able to vote a provisional ballot and can bring one of these documents to the board of elections prior to canvass.
- For more information, please visit VoteRiders.
Vote by mail
Election Day registration
See what's on the ballot
Get step-by-step help
Military and overseas voters
- 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.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- 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.
- 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
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