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Time off for voting

Time off to vote is subject to the employer. North Carolina state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

2014 Important Events Calendar

February 2014 Dates
Candidate Filing period begins.February 10, 2014 -
Filing deadline for primary Ballot access - NoonFebruary 28, 2014
April 2014 Dates
One-stop early voting begins (for primary)April 24, 2014 -
Last day to request Absentee Ballot by Mail (for primary)April 29, 2014
May 2014 Dates
One-stop early voting ends (for primary)May 3, 2014 -
Congressional PrimaryMay 6, 2014
Last Day to Return Absentee Ballot by Mail (for primary)May 6, 2014 -
June 2014 Dates
Independent Filing deadline for General Election - NoonJune 27, 2014 -
September 2014 Dates
Absentee Voting By Mail begins for the General ElectionSeptember 5, 2014 -
October 2014 Dates
Voter Registration DeadlineOctober 10, 2014
One-stop early voting begins (for General Election)October 23, 2014
Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot by MailOctober 28, 2014 -
November 2014 Dates
One-stop early voting ends - 1:00 p.m. (for General Election)November 1, 2014 -
November General Election DayNovember 4, 2014
North Carolina: Voting at The Polls On Election Day

Poll Hours: 6:30 AM-7:30 PM

    Individuals who miss the registration deadline may register in person and then vote at one-stop voting sites in the person's county of residence during the one-stop absentee voting period. In order to register during a one-stop period, the applicant must show acceptable proof of name and residence in the county.

    Is voter ID required in North Carolina?

    • Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to show a photo identification (photo ID) when they present to vote in person.This change is a result of the Voter Information Verification Act or “VIVA.” (S.L. 2013-381).
    • Until 2016, most voters will not be required to show any form of identification when they vote. If you are not a first time voter, or at the time of your initial voter registration, you provided your North Carolina driver license number or the last four digits of your social security number and that number was validated, you will not be required to show ID when you vote.
    • Also, you are not required to show your voter card. However, if you are a first-time voter and you did not provide your North Carolina driver license or the last four digits of your social security number when you completed your voter registration application, or one or both of those numbers could not be validated, then you will need to provide ID the first time that you vote

    If you are required to show ID, you must provide one the following:

    • A current and valid photo identification or
    • A copy of one of the following documents that shows your name and address: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.

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