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Vote by Mail


Deadline to request absentee ballot: 5 p.m. October 27, 2020. The request must be received in the county board of elections office by 5 p.m. October 27. If you are mailing your request, please include enough time for your request to be received by the deadline.

Deadline to return absentee ballots: For civilian absentee voters, the container-return envelope with the voted ballot enclosed must be postmarked or delivered in-person by 5 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3, and must be in the possession of the county board of elections by 5 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2020.



WHAT IS VOTE BY MAIL (aka Absentee Voting)?

Voting by Mail is just what it sounds like! You get to submit your ballot through the mail, without having to go to the polls in person. It’s an easy, secure, and safe way of participating in our democracy. 

ANY registered North Carolina voter can Vote by Mail — no excuses or special circumstances required! (P.S. If you’re not registered to vote, the voter registration deadline has passed and you can no longer vote by mail. But no worries! You can vote in-person during the one-stop early voting period from Oct. 15th – 30th.)




Voting by Mail is easy! Here’s what you have to do:

Start by submitting a Mail-In Ballot Request form! This request form lets Election officials know they should send you a ballot for the 2020 election.  

You can submit your Request Form lots of different ways! Pick the one that makes the most sense for you:  

  • 💻Online: Fill out the online Mail-in Ballot Request form, which you can find here:
  • 📧Through email: Complete the form and send it to your local County Board of Elections email*
  • 📠 By fax: Complete the form and send it to your local County Board of Elections fax number*
  • 📫Through the mail: Complete the form and mail it to your local County Board of Elections* 
  • 🙋In-person: Complete the form and drop it off at your local County Board of Elections*

*To find your County Board of Elections contact information and address click here.

Your completed Mail-In Ballot Request Form must be received by your county board of elections office no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th — but the earlier the better! Go ahead and submit the form while you’re thinking about it! One week after your submit your Mail-In Ballot Request Form, call your local board of elections to make sure they have received it and that it has been approved! Then, you just get to sit back and wait for your ballot to get sent straight to your door. Counties will begin mailing ballots in early September. 



As soon as you receive your ballot in the mail, fill it out and return it or drop-it off ASAP! 

  • Fill out your ballot in the presence of 1 witness. Your witness can be your roommate, your sibling, your mom, your neighbor, your friend, anyone, as long as they are 18 or older!
  • Put your ballot back in the envelope they provide and fill out all the information. It requires:
    • Voter’s signature
    • Witness’ printed name and signature
    • Witness’ address
  • Once you’re done filling it out, put a stamp on it and return it to your local County Board of Elections or hand-deliver it to your County Board of Elections! 
    • Your completed Ballot must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than 5:00 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, and received by your county board of elections no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, November 12th.



It’s important to follow-up and make sure your absentee ballot was accepted! You can check the status of your vote using the official North Carolina BallotTrax portal.

If you made an error or omission on your absentee ballot, it might have been rejected. But there are simple steps to take to ensure that your vote counts! Here are your options.

  • Option 1: Vote at One-Stop Early Voting Site
    • Vote at a One Stop Early Vote Site from October 15 to October 31. Go to to look up your nearest Early Vote Site.
  • Option 2: Correct Your Absentee Ballot
    • Your County Board of Elections will be in touch with you on steps to correct your ballot. You can also call our Voter Hotline at 1-833-VOTE4NC (1-833-868-3462).

If you have any questions about Voting by Mail, please give our Voter Assistance Hotline a call at 1-833-868-3462!
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