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Make Your Voice Heard in 2020

The 2020 General Election could be the most consequential of our lifetime. The results will reverberate for a generation to come, across the country and around the world


The ongoing public health crisis poses many challenges, but we cannot let those challenges prevent us from exercising our voice. Make your plan to vote today.

To seek assistance with a specific issue, please call the North Carolina Democratic Party Voter Assistance Hotline: 1-833-868-3462.

 

MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE

Confirm the Status of Your Registration

North Carolinians may confirm the status of their voter registration, locate their Election Day precinct polling place, and view sample ballots online, using the Voter Search Tool maintained by the State Board of Elections.

North Carolinians may update an existing registration online, via paper application, or at any One-Stop Early Voting Site within the voter's county of residence. For more information on voter registration, please reference our accompanying guidance.

Vote at a One-Stop Early Voting Site

North Carolinians may vote at any One-Stop Early Voting Site within their county of residence between October 15-31.

Those voting for the first time in a given county may be asked to provide proof of residence. Voters will NOT be required to present photo identification when casting a ballot in the 2020 General Election.​

Board of elections staff will adhere to current public health guidance to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. These practices will include social distancing, use of facial coverings, and frequent sanitization of high-touch surfaces.

Vote Absentee By-Mail

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot to vote absentee by-mail, without specifying a special circumstance or reason for doing so.


Voters who request an absentee ballot can still choose to vote in-person, either during the early voting period or on Election Day. Those who request and receive an absentee ballot, but decide to vote in-person should just dispose of their absentee ballot.

Requesting an absentee ballot. Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot online, using the State Board of Elections Absentee Ballot Request Portal. Voters can also request an absentee ballot by submitting the 2020 State Absentee Ballot Request Form to their local county board of elections via email, mail, fax, or hand delivery. State law stipulates that requests must be received by the voter's local county board of elections by 5:00 pm on October 27.

Completing an absentee ballot. Voters who choose to vote absentee by-mail should be careful to follow all requirements stipulated by state law.


Instructions will be noted on the ballot return envelope. The State Board of Elections also offers a step-by-step guide on how to properly complete an absentee ballot. Notably, absentee ballots should be completed in the presence of a witness, aged 18 years or older. The witness may observe the voter from a distance of more than six feet away, or even through a window.


After marking the absentee ballot, the voter should place the ballot into the return envelope, seal the envelope, sign their name on the back of the envelope, and then ask the witness to complete the witness certification, with their name, address, and signature.

Returning an absentee ballot. State law stipulates that absentee ballots must be postmarked for return by 5:00 pm on November 3 and received by the voter's county board of elections by 5:00 pm on November 12, but the State Board of Elections is encouraging voters to return voted absentee ballots at least one week prior to the November 3 statutory deadline.


Voters may return their absentee ballot by USPS mail with $0.55 postage or commercial courier service to their county board of elections. Voters can also hand deliver their absentee ballot to their local county board of elections or to a One-Stop Early Voting Site within your county of residence, during hours of operation. Voters who hand deliver their absentee ballot may have to wait in line until Board of Elections staff is available to accept the absentee ballot.


Importantly, absentee ballots can only be returned by the voter, a near relative of the voter, or the voter’s legal guardian.

Tracking an absentee ballot. Voters may now track the status of their absentee ballot online, from initial request to receipt and eventual acceptance by the voter's local county board of elections.

Vote on Election Day

Registered voters may vote at their local precinct polling place on November 3, between 6:30 am-7:30 pm.

North Carolinians cannot register to vote on Election Day.

Those voting for the first time in a given county may be asked to provide proof of residence, but voters will NOT be required to present photo identification when casting a ballot in the 2020 General Election.

Board of elections staff will adhere to current public health guidance to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. These practices will include social distancing, use of facial coverings, and frequent sanitization of high-touch surfaces.

 

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