Absentee & 1-Stop Early Voting Information

Voting 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 during the designated absentee voting periods 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 Absentee Ballot Request Form (PDF). The request has to be signed by the voter or a near relative of the voter requesting the ballot.

By law, a Power of Attorney is not allowed to sign for the voter. The voter must make his/her mark or signature on the request. Once the request is received, it will be processed and the ballot will be mailed.

Voters should be cautious to allow adequate time for the request to be processed and the ballot to be mailed. The Board of Elections will begin mailing ballots 50 days prior to Election Day for Primaries and General Elections and 30 days prior to 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

Military/Overseas Voters can go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to access the proper form for requesting absentee voting materials. Requests are only good for one calendar year. Access the Federal Postcard Application form (PDF) here.

The only valid form/method for requesting absentee ballots is by mail. Note that absentee ballot requests are valid only for the election requested and only for one calendar year.

One-Stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting)

One-Stop Absentee (Early) Voting is in-person voting and is available beginning the 3rd Wednesday before and ending at 1 p.m. on the last Friday before Election Day. Times are determined by the County Board of Elections and approved by the State Board of Elections before each election.

September Special General Election-US Congressional District 3 

One-Stop Early Voting Schedule (1 site):  


Wednesday, August 21 - Friday, August 23 (closed Sat. 24 & Sun. 25)

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Monday, August 26 - Friday, August 30  (closed Sat.  31 & Sun. Sept 1)

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3 - Friday, September 6 (closed Monday, Sept. 2)

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Absentee by Mail and One Stop Reports and Statistics:  For a list of Absentee Voting Requests and who has voted absentee, visit the Absentee Data link on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website. Click on the file name 'absentee_county_20190430.zip' then CRAVEN_absentee_20190430.csv.