Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. North Carolina allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person in North Carolina during early voting and on Election Day.

Vote in person

Vote on Election Day

Voters registered in North Carolina can look up where to vote on North Carolina’s site.

Vote early

North Carolina voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Thursday, October 15, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

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.

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
  • 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
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with an Absentee Ballot Request Form.
  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 (received by) Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.