Voting and COVID-19
Getting Ready to Vote
Step 1 – Check your voter status.
Click Voter Search and enter your name into the State Board of Elections form.
If you are in the North Carolina Voter Database, click your name and review the information for accuracy
If you do not find your name, try using a previous name or check the “sounds like”option.
The North Carolina Board of Election database includes your voting history as well as your election day polling place and political jurisdictions.
If you choose to vote Absentee this year, this is how you can track your ballot status..
For the November 3, 2020 Election Voter registration is open until October 9, 2020 at 5:00 PM which is 25 days before the election.
If the information in the Voter Database is incorrect or you have not registered in NC, click the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles button. DMV also offers myNCDMV, for your Apple or Android device.
Step 2 Decide How to Vote
Ways to Vote in 2020
Currently all voting methods listed below are in use this year. Each option links to instructions, however, with recent changes to Absentee by Mail, detailed instructions for Absentee by Mail are included here.
Step by Step Absentee by Mail
Request an Absentee Ballot Form
Download and complete 2020 STATE ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST FORM
Sign the form and return it to the Board of Elections in your county.
In September a portal is to be opened to allow online completion of the request an Absentee Ballot.
Requests for Absentee Ballot must be submitted by Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5 PM.
The Absentee Ballot Package
The board will send the following 3 items to the mailing address you provide on the request form (the items cannot be picked up in person).
Return envelope with a certificate statement
How to Vote By Mail with an Absentee Ballot
How to Vote by Mail with an Absentee Ballot – detailed instructions from Democracy NC
- Mark Ballot
- Fill out Certificate on the Envelope
- Return the Ballot in the Envelope
If returning ballots by mail, the envelope must be postmarked by 5 PM on Election Day. If you are returning the ballot in person, take the ballot to your County Board of Elections office (not an Early Voting site or Election Day precinct). Only the voter or the voter’s near relative or legal guardian may return your ballot— do not give it to someone else to return.