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Voter FAQ

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Here's a quick guide to voting!

When is Election Day?

  • November 3rd!

How can I register to vote? How do I update my registration?

  • You can register to vote online here!
  • You can also mail this form to your county's Board of Elections.
  • For both of these methods, you'll need to register 25 days before the election (i.e. October 9th in 2020).
  • You can also register in person during early voting at your polling place. Early Voting runs from October 15th through October 31st.
  • Any of the above methods also work for updating your voter registration.
  • To learn more, head here.

What are the dates for absentee voting? Where do I go to learn more?

  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 27th. You can request an absentee ballot online here.
  • You can also submit this absentee ballot request form to your County Board of Elections in person, by email, or in the mail.
  • To send in your absentee ballot, you'll need a witness, who'll need to sign. Their signature should be clear and legible. To learn more, head here.
  • Your absentee ballot must be postmarked by 5 PM on November 3rd, though we strongly recommend submitting as early as possible. You can also drop it off at an early voting site. You can track your absentee ballot here.
  • To learn more, you can head to You Can Vote.

What are the dates for early voting? Where can I vote early?

  • Early voting in NC begins on Thursday, October 15th and ends on Saturday, October 31st.
  • You can register to vote at an early voting site, and update your registration. If so, you'll need to bring proof of residence, like your ID or utility bill.
  • To find out where to Early Vote, use this tool from the NC State Board of Elections.

How can I be a poll worker?

  • You can sign up to be a poll worker through our form and we'll connect you with the NC Board of Elections!

What are my voting rights if I have a record?

  • If you are convicted of a felony, you aren't allowed to vote until you've finished your sentence, including probation and parole. Afterwards, you're able to register to vote like any NC resident.
  • If you're awaiting trial or serving a misdemeanor, you're still able to vote.
  • Outstanding fees or fines do not affect your ability to vote.
  • To read more info, check out this useful summary by the State Board of Elections.

Do I need an ID to vote?

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