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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the North Carolina voter registration form, or call (919) 733-7173 to request a form by mail.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Confirm that you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Nov 8

Step 2 · Provide your name

Step 3 · Provide your date of birth, state and country of birth, NC voter registration number (if you know it), NC driver’s license number or non-operators ID card (if you have it), and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have a driver’s license, ID card, or Social Security number, check the box to indicate that.

Step 4 · Provide your residential address and indicate whether you’ve lived there for at least 30 days

Step 5 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 6 · Indicate your gender, race, and ethnicity (all optional) and your political party affiliation (or lack of affiliation)

Step 7 · (If applicable) If you’re currently registered to vote elsewhere, provide the name and address where you were registered

Step 8 · Sign and date the form

Step 9 · If you’re registering to vote for the first time and you don’t provide a driver’s license, non-operator ID card, or Social Security number, you must provide a copy of one of the following when you register or vote:

  • Current photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document with your name and address

3. Send the form.
  • Mail your form to your county board of elections by Oct 14 (postmark)
  • Fax or email your form to your county board of elections by 5 PM on Oct 14 and mail or deliver the original to your county board of elections by Oct 19

Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the voter registration form at your county board of elections, Department of Motor Vehicles, Departments of Social Services, Departments of Public Health, or other offices that offer public assistance.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Confirm that you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Nov 8

Step 2 · Provide your name

Step 3 · Provide your date of birth, state and country of birth, NC voter registration number (if you know it), NC driver’s license number or non-operators ID card (if you have it), and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have a driver’s license, ID card, or Social Security number, check the box to indicate that.

Step 4 · Provide your residential address and indicate whether you’ve lived there for at least 30 days

Step 5 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 6 · Indicate your gender, race, and ethnicity (all optional) and your political party affiliation (or lack of affiliation)

Step 7 · (If applicable) If you’re currently registered to vote elsewhere, provide the name and address where you were registered

Step 8 · Sign and date the form

Step 9 · If you’re registering to vote for the first time and you don’t provide a driver’s license, non-operator ID card, or Social Security number, you must provide a copy of one of the following when you register or vote:

  • Current photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document with your name and address


3. Return the form.

Return the form by 5 PM on Oct 14 to your county board of elections, or the other government office where you picked up the form.


Check if you’re registered to vote

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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old and 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live in North Carolina and the precinct where you’ll vote by Oct 9
  • If convicted of a felony, not be in jail, on probation, or on parole
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state
Mail
October 14

In Person
October 14

How to Vote

Vote early

You can vote in person at your one-stop early voting site. Check with your county board of elections for early voting dates and times.

Be sure to bring an accepted ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 6:30 AM–7:30 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 7:30 PM.

Bring a copy of accepted ID, if required.


Who can vote early

Any registered voter can vote absentee by mail or in person before Election Day.

Who can vote by mail

Any registered voter can vote absentee by mail or in person before Election Day.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election, write “general election” and Nov 8, 2016 on the top line of the form

Steps 2-4 · Provide your name, date of birth, home address, and mailing address (if different).

Check Yes or No to indicate whether you’ve lived at your home address for more than 30 days. If you select No, provide the date of your move.

Step 5 · Provide your county of residence and previous name (if applicable). You may provide your voter registration number, phone number, and email address (optional).

Step 6 · Provide your NC driver’s license number, NC DMV‐issued identification card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

If you don’t have any of these, attach a copy of a current ID, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with your name and home address on it

Step 7 · Provide the address where you want your absentee ballot to be mailed

Step 8 · (If applicable) If you’re requesting a ballot for a party primary, select a party preference

Steps 9-10 · (If applicable) If you’re a patient in a hospital, clinic, nursing home or rest home, select Yes or No to indicate whether you’ll need assistance in marking your ballot

Step 11 · Sign and date the form.


3. Return the application

Send your application to your county board of elections so it’s received by 5:00 p.m. on Nov 1. You can send the form by mail, fax, or as an attachment to an e-mail.


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Your completed ballot must be postmarked by Nov 8 and received by yourcounty board of elections no later than 5 PM on Nov 14
  • Check the status of your ballot on enr.ncsbe.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early

You can vote in person at your one-stop early voting site. Check with your county board of elections for early voting dates and times.

Be sure to bring an accepted ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 6:30 AM–7:30 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 7:30 PM.

Bring a copy of accepted ID, if required.

Voting requirements
  • Be a registered voter in North Carolina. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at your North Carolina address by Oct 9. If you moved within North Carolina after Oct 9, you must vote at your old precinct.
  • If convicted of a felony, not be in jail, on probation, or on parole
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state

ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time, you don’t need to show ID to vote in person on Election Day or to vote early in person

However, if you’re voting for the first time in North Carolina, registered to vote by mail, and didn’t provide your driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your social security number when you registered, be sure to bring one of the following:

  • Driver’s license or state ID
  • US Passport
  • Employee ID
  • Student ID
  • Military ID
  • Utility bill, bank statement or paycheck

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need to provide ID if you’ve already voted in North Carolina at least once. If you are voting for the first time in North Carolina and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered to vote, then you must include a COPY of a current and valid photo ID that shows your name OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and North Carolina address.
A North Carolina resident who is qualified to vote but who misses the 25-day deadline for voter registration may register and vote in person before election day at an Early Voting Site. If you do this, you must vote at the Early Voting Site during the early voting period; you cannot vote by mail or at the polls on election day. See our Early Voting page for more information.
North Carolina creates a personalized application for each absentee voter.  We created one ourselves a few years ago, and were informed by State Board of Elections that it is against state law for a third party  to create and distribute absentee ballot applications.  The state isn’t being malicious, but they are concerned about outside influence on elections.

We think the best solution at this point is for the State Board of Elections to create their own formal absentee ballot application and to make it available on their website.  If you agree with us – and we bet you do – call the State Board of Elections and ask them to create a formal statewide absentee ballot application.  Here are their phone numbers: (919) 733-7173 or (866) 522-4723.