Upcoming Elections in North Carolina

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

Who Can Vote in Primaries in North Carolina?

Do you know if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in North Carolina? Click here for more information

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
: Absentee voting by mail begins for the General Elections; if absentee voting is permitted in municipality. September 9,2016
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: Absentee voting by mail begins for the General Elections; if absentee voting is permitted in municipality. September 9,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Absentee voting by mail begins for the General Elections; if absentee voting is permitted in municipality. October 14,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Early Voting period for the general election begins today. Starting times may vary in each county. October 27,2016
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
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Congressional Primary
June 7, 2016
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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.

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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Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: North Carolina does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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