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Voting is an important act of public service. These tips and resources can help you develop your voting plan and assist others in your community.

First, check that you’re registered.

  • North Carolina voters can register at early voting sites until Oct. 31 (same-day registration).
  • Not voting in NC? Check out for state-by-state information.

Next, determine your voting plan.

Important dates and tools for NC voters:

Voting with an absentee ballot?

  • Oct. 27 was the deadline to request an absentee ballot. If you already have your ballot, you can follow the steps below. Be sure to mail or drop off your ballot as soon as possible.
  • You can track your ballot request and status online via Ballottrax.
  • When you complete your ballot, you and a witness must sign the outside of the envelope.
  • If someone assists you with filling out the ballot, they must also complete the assistant certification.
  • Return your ballot to your county board of elections through one of the following methods:
    • Drop off in person at any early voting site in your county during voting hours (see below)
    • Drop off at your county board of elections in person by 5 p.m. Nov. 3.
    • By mail, postmarked on or before Nov. 3. Consider dropping off a ballot in person or mail ASAP!
      • Note: The U.S. Supreme Court decided that North Carolina mail-in ballots could be received by Nov. 12, but ballots must still be postmarked on or before Nov. 3, Election Day.
    • By commercial courier service (DHL, FedEx or UPS)

Visit for more information on absentee voting in North Carolina.

Voting early in person?

Voting on Election Day?

  • Find your polling place.
  • Visit the polls from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 for in-person Election Day voting. Don’t forget your mask!
  • Lines will be longest before and after business hours.
  • Lines may be long, but as long as you are in line by 7:30 p.m., you can cast your ballot.
If you’re voting in another state, visit for guides, dates and tips. No matter where you are, North Carolina’s guide on voting safely and the coronavirus has helpful tips and considerations for community safety. and UNC’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion also offer helpful resources for making your plan to vote.

Voters with disabilities can review North Carolina’s accessibility policiesVoters who speak English as a second language can review these assistance guidelines.



Need a reminder for why this matters? Here’s a helpful website explaining what’s on the ballot and how your vote counts in North Carolina.