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Ensure your informed vote

When is the next election? How to register to vote? ...and more

ELECTION UPDATES

The U.S. Supreme Court put the 2017 NC legislative election on hold until a January 19 conference. Read more

For a closer look at the NC League's advocacy work, read through our 2016 Election Toolkit.

Election Dates 2016

Jan 25-Mar 8Absentee voting by mail for Primary Election1
Feb 19Voter registration deadline for Primary Election
March 3-12Primary one-stop early voting
March 15Statewide Primary
May 26-June 4US Congressional Primary one-stop early voting2
June 7US Congressional Primary
Sept 9-Nov 1Absentee voting by mail for General Election1
Oct 14Voter registration deadline for General Election
Oct 27- Nov 5General Election one-stop early voting2
Nov 8General Election

1Ballots received after 5:00 p.m. on election day will be timely ONLY if they are received by mail and bear a postmark that is dated on or before the date of the election and are received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day following the election.

2Click here to see your county Board of Election site for locations and times.

Find complete information about the 2016 election dates at the NC Board of Elections

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote in North Carolina? Do you need to amend your party affiliation, your address, your name?

You can register for the first time or amend your registration information at the NC Board of Elections.

Registration must be completed 25 days before an election.

It is no longer possible to register during the Early Voting Period.

Where do I vote?

Vote411.org Find the information about voting in your North Carolina at Vote411.org. Before an election, find your polling place and learn about the candidates. VOTE411 is a one-stop site to compare candidates.

Absentee voting

Absentee ballots do not require photo ID, unless the applicant lacks a Social Security or NC Drivers License number.

Rules and forms can be obtained from the local or state Board of Elections

Once the Absentee Application and Certificate is fully executed with all relevant signatures, the voted ballot (contained inside of the container-return envelope) must be returned to the county board of elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date of the election. The envelope may be mailed or delivered in person to the board of elections' office. An absentee ballot may also be delivered to an election official at a one-stop voting site during any time that site is open for voting. Ballots received after 5:00 p.m. on election day will be timely ONLY if they are received by mail and bear a postmark that is dated on or before the date of the election and are received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day following the election.