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.

Do I need an ID to vote in person?

A federal court decision has overturned North Carolina's voter ID requirement.

Because of the court ruling, you do NOT need to show an ID to vote – except in two possible situations:

(1) If you use same-day registration (learn more here)

(2) If there was a problem with verifying the information on your registration form, you must show any current photo ID or any of the following documents (with your name and current address):

• a utility bill (cell phone, electric, cable, etc.)
• bank statement or payroll stub; or
• a document from any government agency (a bill, permit, letter, etc.)

What is early voting?

During early voting, you can vote at any early voting site in your county. Find early voting sites in your county.

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.

Learn about using same-day registration during the early voting period.

How can I find my Election Day polling place?

Click here to find your polling place.

Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on 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.

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.

Learn more about voting absentee by mail.

How can I learn about the candidates?

See candidate profiles for the 2017 NC Voter Guide here.

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