You must put your NC driver's license number or your social security number on this application. If you can't, then you'll need to include a photo copy of your ID. 

Check our Voter ID Laws page for a list of acceptable forms of ID. When you get your absentee ballot, you'll need to fill it out in the presence of a notary or two witnesses, who will have to sign the ballot.

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North Carolina absentee ballot 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.
  • Voted ballots are due: For the 2020 general election, if in person, received by Election Day; if by mail, postmarked by Election Day and received by 5pm no later than 9 days after 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 a witness or a notary public.
  4. Seal the ballot and complete the Absentee Application and Certificate on the back of the envelope.
  5. Have the witness complete and sign the Witnesses' 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.