With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in North Carolina!

You have until October 31, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

  • Any registered voter or eligible individual may cast an absentee ballot in person during the early voting period at any early voting one-stop site. In North Carolina, this period is sometimes called "one-stop early voting".

  • If you are not registered to vote, or if you have not received an absentee ballot, you can do so in person at the early voting sites. After registering, the newly registered voter can immediately vote at that same site in a process called "same-day registration."

  • In 2020, the in-person early voting period begins Thursday, October 15, and ends Saturday, October 31. During early voting, voters may cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county. This is different from Election Day when registered voters must vote at their assigned precinct.

  • When you check in to vote at an early voting site, you may update your name or address within the same county, if necessary. Find early voting sites and schedules in your county with the One-Stop Early Voting Site Search. Note: Voting sites and schedules change for each election and is only available through the search tool once finalized.

  • To see the voting equipment your county uses for one-stop early voting, go to the Voting Equipment page, and see the map for "One-Stop Early Voting Equipment, by County."

Can you early vote by mail?

Any registered North Carolina voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

What about on election day?

Polling place lookup

Find your polling place on this website.

ID requirements

North Carolina voters must provide their North Carolina driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in North Carolina you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of North Carolina and the precinct in which you live for at least 30 days prior to Election Day
  • be at least 18 years old by the general election (you may pre-register if you are at least 16 years old). If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the general election
  • if you have been convicted of a felony, you must have completed parole and probation
  • not be registered or vote in any other county or state

Can I register online?

North Carolina voters must include their North Carolina driver's license number or state ID number and the last 4 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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