Voting in North Carolina

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North Carolina permits no-excuse early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. The state does not, however, permit online voter registration.

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 election board 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.

Voting on Election Day

Voters are asked for identification only if they are first-time voters who did not provide identification with their registration applications.[3]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In North Carolina, polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.[4]

Primary voting

North Carolina is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote in their respective primaries. Voters may choose a primary ballot without impacting their unaffiliated status.[5]

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.[6]


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 completed ballot must be received by the elections office by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.[6]

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 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permit some form of early voting. Early voting begins on the third Thursday before Election Day and ends on the Saturday prior to the election.[7]

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