Absentee & 1-Stop Early Voting Information
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 Board of Elections Absentee-by-mail request form (PDF). The request has to be signed by the voter or a near relative of the voter requesting the ballot.
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 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. View more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program website or the North Carolina State Board of Elections website. Access the federal postcard application form (PDF).
Access the absentee by-mail ballot request Form (PDF). Only valid form/method for requesting absentee ballots to be mailed. Note that absentee ballot requests are valid only for the election requested and valid for one calendar year.
One-Stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting)
One-Stop Absentee voting (Early Voting) is in-person voting and is available beginning the 3rd Thursday before and ending at 1 p.m. 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.
Next Absentee Voting Periods
For the May 8, 2018 Primary Election: Absentee by Mail: Requests accepted Jan 1, 2018 until May 1, 2018 at 5 pm One-Stop Absentee voting (Early Voting) Begins Thursday, April 19, 2018 and ends at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018. Times/Sites to be determined by the Board of Elections and approved by the State Board of Elections before each election.