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 (absentee-by-mail, UOCAVA(Military/Overseas) and One-Stop Early Voting) is allowed in all elections, except the Municipal Elections for the Town of Bridgeton, Town of Cove City, Town of Dover, Town of River Bend, Town of Trent Woods, Town of Vanceboro and First Craven Water District. The City of Havelock and the City of New Bern are currently the only municipalities that allow absentee voting and same day registration during their municipal elections.

Absentee -by-Mail Voting

A registered voter may request an absentee ballot to be mailed during an election by requesting an absentee-by-mail ballot on the required State Absentee Ballot Request Form (PDF) for each election and sends to their county board of elections. No excuse is needed to vote absentee. The request form has to be fully completed and signed by the voter or a "near relative" (spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild) of the voter requesting the ballot. An absentee-by-mail request has to be made for each election a voter wants an absentee 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 or signed by the allowed near relative in the proper section on the request form

A completed Absentee Ballot Request Form may be scanned and emailed, faxed, or mailed to the county board of elections. 

A signed and completed State Absentee Ballot Request Form must be received by your by your county board of elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the last Tuesday prior to the date of the election for which the ballot is being requested. 

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.

Once the request is received, it will be processed and the ballot will be mailed. The voter should complete the ballot, the voter must sign the ballot envelope, have the ballot witnessed, obtain proper signatures and return by mail or in-person by the deadline to the board of elections office.

Military/Overseas Voters

Military/Overseas Voters (UOCAVA) 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 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.

November 5, 2019 Municipal Election 

One-Stop Early Voting Schedule (1 site)



Board of Elections Office:  406 Craven Street, New Bern      

Open:  Wednesday, Oct. 16 — Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

Times:  8 AM — 5:00 pm  Weekdays

Closed on weekends


Absentee by Mail and One Stop Reports and Statistics:  Executed Absentee Ballots-City of Havelock