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Impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 has had the following impacts on North Carolina’s elections (Updated August 2020). For the latest information, visit the State Board of Elections’ Coronavirus Hub at ncsbe.gov/coronavirus.

Safety at Voting Sites 

The NC State Board of Elections has issued requirements for every county in regards to making in-person voting safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. All county boards shall:

  • Provide for social distancing at voting sites, including by applying appropriate markings and providing appropriate barriers, including barriers between elections officials and voters at check-in;
  • Provide for frequent sanitation of common surfaces, hand-sanitizer, and single-use ballot-marking devices
  • Require that elections officials wear face coverings, and make face coverings available to voters who do not bring their own. Voters will not be required to wear a face-covering to vote. 
  • Require face shields or partitions and gloves for all election officials where appropriate for the task. 

“No Excuse Required” Absentee Voting By-Mail

The State Board is reminding North Carolinians that all voters can vote by mail during every election, casting a ballot without leaving the comfort of home. No excuse is necessary. The State Board office and Task Force are discussing ways to make voting by mail easier while making sure that the 100 county boards of elections can process an expected increase in mail-in ballots. Learn more about the absentee voting by-mail process here. 

*NEW* Online Voter Registration Options 

On March 30th, the State Board of Elections and N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles launched a service to allow NCDMV customers to apply to register to vote or update existing voter registration information online. This is a standalone service that does not require the user to complete a NCDMV transaction, such as a license renewal or duplicate, at the same time.

Existing NCDMV customers with a North Carolina driver’s license or NCDMV-issued ID may apply to register to vote or update voter address or political party information through the NCDMV Voter Registration web page. The application currently does not allow voters to change their name.

Closure of County BOE Offices

In response to local restrictions, many county boards of elections offices are closed to the public or have drop boxes for voter registration forms. Contact your County Board of Elections office to get up to date information.