Upcoming Elections in North Carolina

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - Election Day for the General Election. Polls open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
Candidate Ballot Access - Filing begins: Candidate Filing Period begins for the General Election February 8,2016
Candidate Ballot Access - Filing ends: Candidate Filing Period ends for the General Election February 29,2016
Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail begins : Absentee voting begins September 9,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: One-stop voting begins. During the one-stop absentee voting period, registered voters may vote at any one-stop early voting site in their county of residence. Early voting hours vary by county and location. October 20,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Civilian Voters - Last day to request absentee by mail ballot (by 5:00 pm) November 1,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Early Voting period for the general election ends today at 1:00 pm in every county November 5,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: Military and Overseas Voters - Last day to request absentee by mail ballot (by 5:00 pm) November 7,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: Military and Overseas Voters - Last day to return electronically (by 7:30 pm) November 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Civilian Voters - Last day to return by mail or in-person November 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Civilian Voters (Late Exception) Last day to receive if mailed and postmarked on or before Election Day (by 5:00 p.m.) November 14,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: Military and Overseas Voters (Late Exception)Last day to receive if mailed on or before Election Day (by 5:00 pm) November 17,2016

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Can I Take 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.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

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.

  • A Drivers license issued by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles including a learner’s permit or a provisional license. These cards may be expired up for four (4) years before they are presented for voting.
  • A United States passport (unexpired), including both the passport book and a passport card, issued by the United States Department of the State.
  • A Veterans ID Card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. A Veterans ID card bearing an expiration date must be unexpired, but Veterans ID cards without expiration date are also acceptable.
  • A United States Military ID Card issued by the United States Department of Defense, including those issued to dependents, retired military personnel, or civilians. A Military ID bearing an expiration date must be unexpired, but Military ID cards without an expiration date are also acceptable
  • A Tribal enrollment card issued by a federally recognized tribe. If the card bears an expiration date, it must be unexpired. If it does not bear an expiration date, it must bear a printed issuance date that is not older than eight (8) years before it is presented for voting
  • A tribal enrollment card issued by a state recognized tribe, provided that it has been approved by the state Board of Elections. This card must be unexpired
  • A drivers license or non operators ideantifcation card issued by another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory or commonwealth or the United States, but only if the voter registered to vote within ninety (90) days of the election. This card must be unexpaired.
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Poll Hours: 6:30 AM-7:30 PM

In every election, the voting place shall be open at 6:30 A.M. and shall be closed at 7:30 P.M. If the polls are delayed in opening for more than 15 minutes, or are interrupted for more than 15 minutes after opening, the State Board of Elections may extend the closing time by an equal number of minutes. As authorized by law, the State Board of Elections shall be available either in person or by teleconference on the day of election to approve any such extension.
If any voter is in line to vote at the time the polls are closed, that voter shall be permitted to vote. No voter shall be permitted to vote who arrives at the voting place after the closing of the polls.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.ncsbe.gov to find your voting precinct and polling location. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Am I eligible To Vote in North Carolina?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in North Carolina

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in North Carolina?

Do you know how or where to register to vote in North Carolina? Click here for more information

What's on North Carolina ballot in 2016

Do you know what you are voting for in 2016? Click here to see what will be on the statewide and local ballots

Who Can Vote in Primaries in North Carolina?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in North Carolina

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

Do you know if North Carolina if one of the States that allow voters to register at the polls on Election day? Click here for more information

Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in North Carolina?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in North Carolina? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote

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