ApexCaryChapel HillCity GuidesDurhamGarnerRaleigh

How to Vote Early and Vote by Mail in Raleigh and Across North Carolina

Election Day is fast approaching with less than 100 days until November 3 arrives. Thankfully, mail-in voting has been expanded for all North Carolinians this year to make voting easier and safer for everyone. Any registered North Carolina voter can request an absentee ballot from their county’s Board of Elections (BOE), and unlike in other years, no special circumstances are required to receive an absentee ballot and vote by mail. To make sure you are registered to vote, use the online voter search provided by the NC State Board of Elections. Then keep reading for a quick guide on how you can vote safely and early this year!

How do I request an absentee ballot?

The first step is to fill out the State Absentee Ballot Request Form. Once the form is filled out, you can email, fax, or mail it to the BOE for your county. You can find all the contact information for your county’s BOE on the NC State Board of Election’s directory. While North Carolina has made mail-in voting very streamlined, keep in mind that your absentee request form must be turned in and delivered to your county’s BOE by October 27. So don’t delay on requesting your form and getting your vote counted!

Once I receive an absentee ballot, how do I vote by mail?

If your absentee ballot request is submitted on time, your county’s BOE will mail an absentee ballot to your specified address along with an instruction sheet, a witness certification, and a return envelope. Once the ballot is filled out, you will need to have an adult witness sign the witness certification. Normally, two witnesses or a notary public are needed for mail-in voting in North Carolina, but this year, only one witness is required. With your ballot filled out and witnessed, the last step is to make sure you return your completed ballot to your county’s BOE by the end of Election Day.

To review all the mail-in voting instructions, you can go to the NC State Board of Elections website.

Show More

Related Articles

Back to top button