Voting in North Carolina

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North Carolina did not permit online voter registration as of January 2015. It does, however, permit no-excuse early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. North Carolina voters only need to provide identification at the polls if they mailed in their registration without any attached ID.

For full information about voting in North Carolina, contact your state election agency.


To vote in North Carolina, you must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a resident of North Carolina.
  • Prior to voting, must be a resident of the county for at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • Must be at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election.
  • Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.
  • If previously convicted of a felony, the person’s citizenship rights must be restored (must not be serving an active sentence, including probation or parole).[2]

—North Carolina State Board of Elections

When and where

The deadline to register to vote is 25 days before Election Day. Registration forms can be printed from the state website and are also available at county boards of elections’ offices, public libraries, high schools and college admissions offices. Voter registration services are also provided by the following agencies:[1]

  • North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Public Assistance Agencies
  • Departments of Social Services (DSS)
  • Departments of Public Health (WIC)
  • Disability Services Agencies
  • Vocational Rehabilitation offices
  • Departments of Services for the Blind
  • Departments of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Departments of Mental Health Services
  • Employment Security Commission (ESC)[2]

—North Carolina State Board of Elections

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of January 2015, North Carolina is one of the 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration. North Carolina had bills pending in the 2013-2014 legislative session which could have authorized online voter registration. One bill was introduced in the North Carolina House of Representatives and a separate bill was introduced in the North Carolina Senate. However, no bill authorizing online registration was passed as of January 2015.[3][4]

Voting on Election Day

Voters are asked for their ID if they are first time voters who mailed in their registration application and did not provide verification of their identification.[5]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In North Carolina, the polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.[6]

Primary voting

North Carolina is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote, and they opened the primary election to unaffiliated voters. They may choose which ballot they want to vote on without affecting their unaffiliated status.[7]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in North Carolina. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[8]


A request to vote absentee must be received by the appropriate county board of elections no later than 5 p.m. on the last Tuesday before the election. The voted ballot must then be received by the elections office by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.[8]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

North Carolina is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins on the third Thursday, 19 days, prior to Election Day and ends on the Saturday, three days, prior to the election. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.[9]

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