Voting in North Carolina
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For full information about voting in North Carolina, contact your state election agency.
To vote in North Carolina, you must meet the following requirements:
—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:
—North Carolina State Board of Elections
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.
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.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
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.
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in North Carolina. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- 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.
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- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Voter Information," accessed June 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Open States, "HB 102," accessed June 10, 2014
- Open States, "SB 298," accessed June 10, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Voter ID Requirements in NC," accessed June 10, 2014
- North Carolina General Statutes, "163-166.01," accessed January 3, 2014
- NC Election Connection, "Who Can Vote in Which Elections?," accessed January 3, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Absentee Voting" accessed January 20, 2015
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "Absentee Voting," accessed January 20, 2015
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