Absentee voting in North Carolina, also called “mail-in voting” or “by-mail voting”, is casting your vote by mail-in ballot before the day of the Election. All states will mail a ballot to you if specific criteria are met, but some states have much stricter rules to meet these conditions. The voter may return the ballot in person or by mail. With uncertainties and unknowns around USPS delivery of your "mail-in" ballot during Covid-19, you may want to check for ballot drop-off boxes in your area as an alternative way to deliver your absentee ballot.
Any North Carolina registered voter may request, receive and vote a mail-in absentee ballot in most elections. No special circumstance or reason is needed to vote by mail in North Carolina.
Military or overseas voters have special rights under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). See the Military and Overseas Voting page for more information on military and overseas citizens absentee voting.
Early In-person Voting
Early voting in North Carolina allows you to cast your vote in person before the day of the Election at specific polling locations that may differ from the Election Day locations. Voting early in person allows you to cast your vote while the number of people waiting to vote is much smaller than Election Day. Please follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Any registered voter or eligible individual may cast an absentee ballot in person during the early voting period. In North Carolina, this period is sometimes called “one-stop early voting.” 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 Locator.
Election Day In-person Voting
If you’re voting in person in North Carolina on November 3rd, 2020 follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.