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How to Vote in the 2020 NC Election

Important Election Dates

What important dates do you need to know to vote in the 2020 NC Election?

Oct. 9, 2020 – Deadline to submit a regular Voter Registration Form
💡 BUT you can still register on-site AND vote during Early Voting!
Oct. 15 – Oct. 31, 2020– Early Voting Period
Oct. 27, 2020 – Deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot Request Form
November 3, 2020 – Election Day
November 3, 2020 – Deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot


#1 – Check that You’re Registered to Vote

In order to vote in North Carolina, you must be registered.  Before each election, you should always 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!

👉🏾 Check your voter registration here. 

If you’re not registered or you need to update your registration, see full instructions here.

#2 – Lookup What’s on Your Ballot

The offices and candidates that are up for election vary depending on where you live in North Carolina.  If you’d like to see what will be on your ballot before you go vote, you can view your sample ballot online ahead of time.

👉🏾 Click here for instructions to look up your Sample Ballot.

Want more information on the candidates 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!

👉🏾 View non-partisan voter guides for your area by clicking here.

💡 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.

How to vote in the 2020 NC Election

#3 – Make a Plan & Vote!

This year, it’s safer and easier than ever to vote early, either by mail or in-person during Early Voting. Make a plan now for how and when you want to vote!

Choose 1 of these 3 Ways to Vote in the 2020 NC General Election:

  1. Vote by Mail (Absentee)
  2. Vote during Early Voting
  3. Vote on Election Day

(See below for details).

How to vote in the 2020 NC Election


Option 1 – Vote by Mail (Absentee Voting)

NOTE: The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the 2020 Election has passed. 

If you already requested your ballot, complete your ballot and return it as soon as possible.

Deadline to Submit an Absentee Ballot: November 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. The easiest way is to request online by clicking here, or you can download the paper form to mail to your County Board of Elections. Either way, this must be done by the Oct. 27 deadline. Then 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, Nov. 3rd (or make sure it is postmarked by 5 PM on Election Day).

👉🏾 See full instructions on Absentee Voting in NC here.

Option 2 – Vote during Early Voting (One-Stop Voting)

Early Voting Period: Oct. 15 – Oct. 31 

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.

👉🏾 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: November 3rd, 2020

On Election Day, you must vote at your assigned voting location (precinct) in order to have your full ballot count. Polls are open from 6:30 am – 7:30 pm. If you are in line by 7:30 pm the location has to stay open until you vote.

⚠️ 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).  If you have problems, call 888-687-8683 for assistance. 

👉🏾 Click here for instructions to look up your Election Day voting location & sample ballot.


Non-Partisan Voter Guides for the 2020 NC General Election

Non-Partisan Voter Guides

Wondering where candidates stand on key issues you care about? Check out these non-partisan voter guides for the 2020 General Election to learn more about the statewide offices up for election this year and what stances the candidates take on important issues.

View Guides