Voting Answers

How can I register to vote?

Click here for information on registering to vote.

How can I check my voter registration status?

Click here to see your voter registration status.

What if I missed the voter registration deadline?

If you miss the May 13 registration deadline, you CAN still register to vote and cast a ballot at any early voting site in your county from May 26-June 4. Click here for details. Voter registration is not available on the June 7 primary election day.

Do I need an ID to vote in person?

Beginning with the 2016 elections, North Carolina voters casting a ballot in person will be required to present a government-issued photo ID. Acceptable forms of identification include a North Carolina drivers license, a non-operators ID card, a US passport, a military ID, a Veterans Affairs card or certain tribal IDs.

If you haven't been able to obtain an acceptable photo ID, you CAN still vote. Learn more.

What is early voting?

Early voting for the 2016 North Carolina congressional primary runs May 26-June 4.


Early voting, or One-Stop Absentee Voting, runs prior to the election. Any registered voter may vote in person during this time at their county board of elections office. In addition, some counties set up additional voting sites during the early voting period.

Plus, you can register to vote and cast a ballot during the early voting period, using what's called same-day registration.

Can I choose which party's primary to vote in?

In North Carolina, registered Republicans can vote only in the Republican primary and registered Democrats can vote only in the Democratic primary. Unaffiliated voters can choose to vote in the Republican, Democratic or Libertarian primary.

How can I find my Election Day polling place?

Click here to find your polling place for the June 7 primary election day.

Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on the June 7 Election Day.

How do I update my voter registration?

To update your name, address or party affiliation you can fill out a voter registration form or complete the form on your voter registration card and mail it in to your county board of elections office. If you move to a new county you will have to complete a new voter registration form instead of updating your current voter registration card.

You can also make updates to your registration (except party affiliation) at any early voting site in your county from May 26-June 4.

If you have moved more than 30 days prior to the election you will need to be registered and may only vote at your new polling place. If you have moved fewer than 30 days prior to the election, you are still qualified to vote in your prior polling place and may vote only there.

How do I vote absentee by mail?

You may request a mail-in absentee ballot from your county board of elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the last Tuesday before the election. Your absentee ballot must be returned to the county Board of Election by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary election is May 31.

Learn more about voting absentee by mail.

How can I learn about the candidates?

Click here for a list of candidate guides.


For more information on voting in North Carolina, please contact your county board of elections office.