North Carolina

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


Yes, North Carolina will automatically mail an application to every registered voter. Make sure to look for it, complete it, and send it back as soon as it arrives. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://votebymail.ncsbe.gov/app/absentee/lookup




Application form link:


The state will automatically mail an absentee ballot application to every registered voter in their Judicial Voter Guide. But you don't have to wait. You may apply now. Online: https://votebymail.ncsbe.gov/app/home Print and mail: https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/Forms/NCAbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf




Where should I send my completed application?


Apply online or Return your completed application to the county board of elections in-person, by mail, by email, or fax. https://vt.ncsbe.gov/BOEInfo/




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received by 5pm October 27, 2020. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voters must register online by October 9 or by mail, postmarked by October 9 and received by October 14, 2020.




***Shenanigan Alerts***


Things to look out for:

  • Witnesses Note: For the November 2020 general election only, only one witness is required for an absentee ballot.
  • A witness should not observe so closely that they are able to see what votes the voter marked. What is required is that the witness sees the that the voter is voting the ballot.
  • After observing the voter marking the ballot, the voter's one witness for the November 2020 general election must complete and sign the envelope in the space designated as Witnesses' Certification. If a voter used the services of a Notary Public as a sole witness, the notary will sign the Notary-Witness Certification.
  • A notary is not permitted to charge a fee for witnessing an absentee ballot.
  • Any person who assisted the voter must sign and date the certificate in the proper place on the envelope. Any individual assisting a voter in marking or mailing the ballot must meet the same requirements as a person witnessing the ballot.
  • Once the ballot is marked, the voter or a person assisting the voter must: 1) seal the ballot in the container-return envelope and 2) complete the Absentee Application and Certificate on the ballot container-return envelope.
https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://vt.ncsbe.gov/BOEInfo/





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received no later than November 6, 2020, or delivered in person on Election Day. (November 3, 2020) To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://vt.ncsbe.gov/BOEInfo/




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Read the outside of the envelope to see if additional postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


You may not drop your ballot at your polling site, but you can deliver it in person to your county election office. Some counties will also allow you to deliver your ballot to a One-Stop Early Voting location. Check your county's website for more information. https://vt.ncsbe.gov/BOEInfo/




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


https://northcarolina.ballottrax.net/voter/




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://vt.ncsbe.gov/BOEInfo/





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


October 15-31, 2020




Link to information and locations:


https://vt.ncsbe.gov/ossite/ (Early Voting Sites have not yet been setup. Please contact your County Board of Elections for more information)




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://vt.ncsbe.gov/BOEInfo/





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