Absentee Voting

Voting By Mail

Who May Vote Absentee By Mail 

Any qualified voter in North Carolina may request to vote an absentee ballot by mail ballot either by mail or in person at any county board of elections. Absentee voting is not allowed in some municipal elections.

How to Apply 

To apply for an absentee ballot by mail you must complete the state-approved request form.  This form must be completed, signed and returned to our office before we can send out your absentee ballot.  As of January 2020, the Absentee Ballot Request Form must be hand-delivered or mailed to our office.  We can no longer accept emailed or faxed absentee request forms.  The form can be found on either our homepage or the Forms & Brochures page of this site or the NC State Board of Elections website.

Upon receipt of the completed Absentee Ballot Request Form, the board of elections will send you an absentee ballot and instructions for completing the ballot. Ballots will be available by mail 50 days prior to a Primary, 60 days prior to the General Election and 30 days prior to a Municipal Election.

You may submit your Absentee Ballot Request Form at any time, but no later than the Tuesday prior to Election Day. The request can be made by the voter, a near relative, or verifiable legal guardian.

Military & Overseas Personnel Go Here 

Voting Your Absentee Ballot 

You should mark your ballot(s) following the instructions provided by the board of elections. After your ballot is marked, place it inside the self addressed-return envelope and seal it. Complete the application on the return envelope.

You must mark your absentee ballot and sign the certification on the return envelope in the presence of two witnesses that are at least 18 years of age and are not your employer nor agents thereof, nor are owners nor employees of a care facility in which you are a resident. The two witnesses must also sign the return envelope.  You may use a Notary Public in lieu of the two witnesses.

Returning Your Absentee Ballot

Once the Absentee Application and Certificate (on return envelope) have been fully executed the envelope with ballot inside must be returned to our office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Election Day.  The envelope may be mailed or delivered in-person to our office.  Ballots delivered in person must be delivered by the voter, the voter's near relative or verifiable legal guardian.  

Ballots received after 5:00 p.m. on Election Day will be timely ONLY if they:

  • Are received by mail AND
  • Bear a postmark that is dated on or before the date of the election AND
  • Are received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day following the election.

Once your ballot has been returned to the board of elections, it may not be withdrawn. If your ballot has not been returned and your circumstances change, you may vote in person on Election Day but you must present the ballot you were mailed. If the ballot is damaged you will be issued a replacement ballot.

One-Stop Early Voting

To vote at a One-Stop site simply give the Poll Worker your name and address. To expedite the process the Poll Worker may ask you for your Date of Birth.  The Poll Worker will verify your registration using a computer and if you are registered allow you to vote.  If you are not registered you may register and vote at any One-Stop Early Voting location in the county.