Who can vote absentee?
Any person who is registered to vote in North Carolina can vote an absentee-by-mail ballot or at a One-Stop voting site in their county before the day of the Election. This is known as Absentee Voting.
Absentee Voting by Mail
A voter may request a ballot to be mailed during an election by requesting an absentee-by-mail ballot on the required State Board of Elections Absentee-by-mail request form. The request has to be signed by the voter or a near relative of the voter requesting the ballot.. Note: A Power of Attorney is not allowed by law to sign for the voter. The voter needs to make his/her mark or signature on the request. Once the request is received, it will be processed and your ballot will be mailed.
Voters should be cautious to allow adequate time for the passage of their request and ballot through the mail. The Board of Elections will begin mailing ballots 50 days prior to Election Day for Primaries and General Elections AND 30 days prior for municipal elections. Again, it is in the best interest of the voter to submit a request for an Absentee-by-mail ballot as early as possible.
Military/Overseas Voters go the the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to access the proper form for requesting absentee voting materials. NOTE: Requests are only good for one calendar year. Click here to access fvap.gov
Note that Absentee Ballot Requests are valid only for the election requested and valid for one calendar year.
One-Stop Absentee Voting
One-Stop Absentee voting (Early Voting) is in-person voting and is available beginning the 2nd Thursday before and ending at 1 pm on the last Saturday before Election Day. Times are determined by the Board of Elections and approved by the State Board of Elections before each election.
2016 Absentee Voting Guide Brochure click here
2016 March 15 Primary Election Absentee deadlines:
- Requests for Absentee-by-mail ballots are being accepted now
-Last day to request ballot to be mailed: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 5:00pm
-Absentee by-mail ballots will be available January 25 until March 8, 2016
-Absentee by-mail ballots have to be returned:
in person by: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by 5:00 pm
by-mail: Postmarked by March 15, 2016 received by 5:00 pm no later
than March 18, 2016
One-Stop Absentee Voting:
Dates: Thursday, March 3, 2016 until Saturday, March 12, 2016
Location: Board of Elections Office One-Stop room
406 Craven Street, New Bern, NC
Other Locations/Times: TBD
2016 Primary Election Absentee Reports (available soon)
2016 Absentee By Mail & One-Stop Voting Daily Register
2016 Absentee & One-Stop Statistics
2016 Absentee & One-Stop Statistics by Precinct