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North Carolina

Population

10,488,084

Voting-Age Pop.

7,413,181

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 47 %
Trump 50 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 9, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    No


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

All registered North Carolina voters may request an absentee ballot for the November 2020 general election.

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  • No, residents of North Carolina must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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No, residents of North Carolina must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Requests must be received by: Oct 27, 5pm Chevron Icon

  • A completed absentee request form must be received by the county board of elections no later than 5pm on the Tuesday before the election.


    The state board strongly recommends voters request a ballot as soon as possible to avoid problems due to postal delays and to allow time to resolve any possible issues with your request.

Requests must be received by: Oct 27, 5pm

A completed absentee request form must be received by the county board of elections no later than 5pm on the Tuesday before the election.


The state board strongly recommends voters request a ballot as soon as possible to avoid problems due to postal delays and to allow time to resolve any possible issues with your request.

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  • Sept 4: Your county board of elections will mail your ballot to you, beginning Sept 4.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 4: Your county board of elections will mail your ballot to you, beginning Sept 4.

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  • The return envelope with the ballot enclosed must be returned to the county board of elections no later than 5pm on Election Day.

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The return envelope with the ballot enclosed must be returned to the county board of elections no later than 5pm on Election Day.

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  • Absentee ballots received after 5pm on Election Day will be counted only if they are postmarked on or before Election Day and received by mail no later than 5pm on Nov 6.


    Ballots without a postmark must be received by Election Day.

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Absentee ballots received after 5pm on Election Day will be counted only if they are postmarked on or before Election Day and received by mail no later than 5pm on Nov 6.


Ballots without a postmark must be received by Election Day.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Any registered voter or eligible individual may cast an absentee ballot in person during the early voting period. In 2020, the in-person early voting period begins Oct 15 and ends Oct 31.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

Persons who are not registered in a county may register at one-stop sites (early voting sites) during the early voting period. Upon completion of registration, the newly registered voter can immediately vote at that same one-stop site.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

No

Photo ID is not required.




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