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You must put your NC driver's license number, state ID number or the last four digits of your social security number on the absentee application. One notary public or two witnesses must be in your presence when you mark your absentee ballot. They should only observe you marking your ballot, not how you vote.
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North Carolina absentee ballot deadlines

Request deadlines

  • In Person: Received by 5pm 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by 5pm, 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 7 days before Election Day.

Ballot deadlines

  • Voted ballots are due: If in person, 5pm on Election Day. If by mail, postmarked on Election Day.

North Carolina absentee ballot rules

Any registered North Carolina voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

North Carolina absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it's close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Tracking your ballot

You can track your ballot directly with your state.

Once you receive your ballot...

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Sign and date where indicated.
  3. Mark the ballot in the presence of two witnesses or a notary public.
  4. Seal the ballot and complete the Absentee Application and Certificate on the back of the envelope.
  5. Have the witnesses or notary complete and any certification portion of the envelope.
  6. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.

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