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North Carolina Elections Schedule

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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
March 15, 2016 - Presidential Primary and State Primary Election Day
Absentee voting by mail begins for the Statewide Primary Elections; if absentee voting is permitted in municipality.January 25, 2016
Voter registration deadline for Statewide Primary election. Applications must be received by close of business on this day.February 19, 2016
Early Voting begins for the statewide primary election. Early voting days and times vary in each county.March 3, 2016
Early Voting ends for the statewide primary election. Early voting days and times vary in each county.March 12, 2016
November 8, 2016 - Election Day for the General Election. Polls open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
Candidate Filing Period begins for the General ElectionFebruary 8, 2016
Candidate Filing Period ends for the General ElectionFebruary 29, 2016
Absentee voting by mail begins for the General Elections; if absentee voting is permitted in municipality.September 9, 2016
Absentee voting by mail begins for the General Elections; if absentee voting is permitted in municipality.September 9, 2016
Absentee voting by mail begins for the General Elections; if absentee voting is permitted in municipality.October 14, 2016
Early Voting period for the general election begins today. Starting times may vary in each county.October 27, 2016
Early Voting period for the general election ends today at 1:00 pm in every countyNovember 5, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Rocky Mount Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: David W. Combs - Population(57,477)
May 17, 2016

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.
  • A drivers license or non operators identification card issued by another state, the District of Columbia or territory of commonwealth of the United States, but only if the voter registered to vote within ninety (90) days of the election. This card must be unexpired

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North Carolina Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

North Carolina 2016 US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in North Carolina. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of North Carolina's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

North Carolina US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

North Carolina US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running Incumbent Republican Senator, Richard Burr, is running for re-election to a third term in office. On November 2, 2010, Richard Burr won the election to the United States Senate with 54.8% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Elaine Marshall, who came in a distant second with 43.1% of the vote. (see current elected officials in North Carolina)

North Carolina 2016 Governor race

In 2016, there will be a Governor race in North Carolina. The Incumbent Governor is running for re-election.

North Carolina Governor Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

North Carolina Governor Race - Incumbent (Republican) RunningIncumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory is running for re-election to a second term in office. Pat McCrory was sworn in as governor of North Carolina on January 5, 2013.
Governor McCrory won the gubernatorial race in 2012 with 54.7% of the vote against the democratic candidate Walter H. Dalton who came second with 43.2% of the vote. (see 2012 election results)

North Carolina 2016 Lt. Governor race

In 2016, there will be a Lt. Governor race in North Carolina. The Incumbent Lt. Governor is running for re-election.

North Carolina Lt. Governor Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

North Carolina Lt. Governor Race - Incumbent (Republican) RunningIncumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest is running for re-election to a second term in office. The lieutenant governor is limited to serving two four-year terms in office.
Dan Forest won a very competitive race in 2012 with 50.2% of the vote against the democratic candidate, Linda Coleman, who came second with 49.8% of the vote. (see 2012 election results)

North Carolina 2016 Att. General race

In 2016, there will be a Att. General race in North Carolina. The Incumbent Att. General is NOT running for re-election.

It is important to note that since the incumbent is not running for re-election, this is an open race where both Democrats and Republicans will try to win the seat.

North Carolina Att. General Race - Open Race

North Carolina Att. General Race - Open Race Incumbent Democratic Attorney General, Roy Cooper, is running for Governor in 2016. Roy Cooper was re-elected to a fourth term in office in 2012. He was unopposed in both the Democratic primary and the general election. (see 2012 Election results in North Carolina)

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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.

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