2020 Primary Election
North Carolina will hold a Primary Election on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020.
Early Voting options are available from February 13 – February 29.
In primary elections, voters choose a candidate for each office to represent their party in the General Election in November.
💡 Did you know? Unaffiliated voters can choose in which party’s primary they will vote.
⚠️ Remember, you do NOT need a photo ID to vote in the 2020 Primary (more info here).
See information below on Important Election Dates and the 3 Steps to Make Sure Your Vote Counts in 2020.
Important Election Dates
Feb. 7, 2020 – Deadline to submit a regular Voter Registration Form
💡 BUT you can still register on-site AND vote during Early Voting!
Feb. 25, 2020 – Deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot Request Form
Feb. 13 – Feb. 29, 2020 – Early Voting Period
March 3, 2020 – Primary Election Day
March 3, 2020 – Deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot
3 STEPS TO MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS IN 2020:
STEP #1 – Make Sure You’re Registered
In order to vote in North Carolina, you must be registered. If you’re not sure if you’re registered, or even if you have already registered, you should still check that your registration is current and correct.
Sometimes voters are removed from the rolls, and you don’t want to wait until Election Day to find out that your registration is not current!
If you’re not registered or you need to update your registration:
To register to vote in the 2020 Primary, you can now ONLY (re)register during Early Voting.
The regular voter registration deadline for the Primary has passed (Feb. 7, 2020).
⚠️ Registering to vote on site when you vote is NOT available on Election Day.
STEP #2 – Lookup What’s on Your Ballot
Which offices and candidates are up for election vary depending on where you live in North Carolina. If you’d like to see the offices and candidates that will be on your ballot before you go vote, you can view your sample ballot online ahead of time.
To view a sample of what your ballot will look like, you can follow a three-step process using the State Board of Elections voter lookup tool. We provide instructions on how to complete this process through the link below. You can also see your Election Day voting location here.
Want more information on the candidates up for election in your area?
If you would like to know where candidates stand on issues you care about, we provide non-partisan voter guides to help!
💡 Remember, you can take a print list or a list on your phone into the polling place when you vote to help you remember who you want to vote for.
STEP #3 – Vote!
Choose 1 of these 3 Ways to Vote in the 2020 Primary: (1) Vote by Mail; (2) Vote Early; (3) Vote on Election Day
Option 1 – Vote by Mail (Absentee Voting)
Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Feb. 25, 2020
Deadline to Submit an Absentee Ballot: March 3rd, 2020
Any voter can vote by mail in North Carolina – you do NOT need a special reason.
To vote by mail, you need to complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form and mail it to your County Board of Elections by the Feb. 25 deadline. A ballot will be mailed to you. You must fill out your ballot and return it (in person or by mail) to your County Board of Elections by 5 PM on Election Day (March 3rd) (or make sure it is postmarked by 5 PM on Election Day).
Option 2 – Vote during Early Voting (One-Stop Voting)
Early Voting Dates: Feb. 13 – Feb. 29, 2020
You can vote early during the 17-day period before Election Day. Early Voting is a great way to avoid long lines and access more flexible voting hours and locations!
💡 Unlike on Election Day, you can register or update your registration on-site the same day you vote AND you can vote at ANY Early Voting site in your county.
Locations, days, and times for Early Voting sites will vary depending on what county you live in.
👉🏾 Click here to find information on the days, hours, and locations for Early Voting in your county.
Option 3 – Vote on Election Day
Election Day: March 3rd, 2020
On Election Day, you must vote at your assigned voting location (precinct) in order to have your full ballot count.
⚠️ Unlike during Early Voting, you cannot vote at other voting locations and still have your full ballot count, and you must already be registered at your current address (there is no on-site registration).
To find your Election Day voting location and view a sample of what your ballot will look like, you can follow a three-step process using the State Board of Elections voter lookup tool. We provide instructions on how to complete this process through the link below.
Non-Partisan Voter Guides
Disability Rights NC Statewide Voter Guide
Wondering where candidates stand on key issues you care about? Check out this non-partisan voter guide for the 2020 Primary Election from Disability Rights NC to learn more about the statewide offices up for election in your area and what stances the candidates take on important issues, particularly related to disability rights.