North Carolina

How to Get Involved

North Carolina is one of the six battleground states that will be most important to delivering the White House, Senate, and wins up and down the ballot on November 3. Here’s how you can help.

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About This State

North Carolina! Home to the biggest rivalry in college sports: NC State vs. Wake Forest. Right? That feels right. You know what else does? Voting. Here's what you need to know about Election Day in the Tar Heel State.

Register To Vote

UPDATE

If you have any problem voting, or witness any voter suppression or intimidation, call: 1-833-868-3462.

An October Supreme Court ruling will allow ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted up to nine days after Election Day.

For the November 2020 general election only, only one witness is required for an absentee ballot.

North Carolina Election Updates

Why Is This State Special

Some of the good news for Democrats in 2016 was that North Carolina elected both a Democratic governor and attorney general, even though the state tipped to Trump. This meant that swing voters could be won over, and in 2018, Democrats built on that success by winning enough seats to end the Republicans’ supermajority in the state legislature, despite severe gerrymandering. In 2020, popular Democratic Governor Roy Cooper will be back on the ballot, and so will the deeply unpopular Republican Senator Thom Tillis. So as younger and more diverse people move into the state, winning in North Carolina isn’t certain, but it’s definitely within reach.

ROAD TO WIN

Road to Win

Electoral College Votes

15

Delegates for the DNC

110

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Key Dates

Oct 15 – Oct 31

Early Voting Dates

Nov 3

Election Day

What to know before you vote

  • How do I make sure I’m registered?

    Registered before? Double-check your registration to make sure your registration is still valid.

    Verify Here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Only during early voting.

  • Can I still vote by mail?

    We’re past the recommended deadline from USPS for voters to send back their ballots to ensure they are delivered by Election Day. If you still have your mail ballot, drop it off in person.

    Ballots may be delivered in person to the county board of elections office or an open early voting site during the early voting period. Only the voter or the voter’s near relative may possess the absentee ballot to return it to the board of elections.You can also return it by commercial courier service (DHL, FedEx, or UPS).

    Find out where you can drop it off below.

    Find your County Board of Elections
  • How do I return my ballot and how do I make sure it’s counted?

    When filling out your ballot, double-check the instructions to make sure you fill out the ballot correctly. Check if your ballot requires using a pen with black or blue ink, a signature on the envelope, or any witness requirements, if necessary.

    We’re past the recommended deadline from USPS for voters to send back their ballots to ensure they are delivered by Election Day. If you still have your mail ballot, drop it off in person:

    Find your County Board of Elections
  • Does my state require my ballot to be postmarked or delivered by Election Day?

    Ballots must be returned to the county board of elections no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day. Alternatively, absentee ballots postmarked before or on Election Day may be received by mail no later than 5 p.m. on the third day following the date of the election.

  • Can I track my ballot?

    Yes, North Carolina provides ballot tracking.

    Track Your Ballot
  • What if I requested a vote by mail ballot but I decide I want to vote in person instead?

    You may still vote in person as long as you did not return your absentee ballot. Your absentee ballot will be spoiled after you vote in person.Do not mail a ballot and also vote in person.

  • What if I haven't received my ballot?

    If you’ve requested your ballot, but you still haven’t received it, check the status of your ballot using the tracking website. If your ballot arrives before Election Day, you can deliver your ballot in person to the county board of elections office or an open early voting site during the early voting period. If your ballot does not arrive before Election Day, you may vote in person. Your absentee ballot will be spoiled after you vote in person. Do not mail a ballot and also vote in person.

  • Can I vote early in person?

    If you decide to vote in person, early voting is the safest option--lines will be shorter and allow for easier social distancing. Early voting will occur from October 15 - October 31, during which registered voters can vote at any one-stop absentee voting site in the county. Unregistered voters can also register and vote during early voting.

  • What if I’m voting in-person on Election Day?

    If you are voting on Election Day, wear a mask and keep an appropriate social distance from fellow voters. If you are in line before polls close, do not leave. You legally must be permitted to vote. If you witness any incidents of voter suppression, contact 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

  • Do I need an ID to vote?

    No, unless It is your first time voting in a federal election in North Carolina. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators.

  • How do I find out where to go to vote?

    Right here!

    Make a Plan

Make a Plan

Whether you’re voting by mail or in person, what’s important is making a plan to do it as early as possible.

WHAT’S ON MY BALLOT?

Learn more about what’s on your ballot.

Races To Watch

  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

Resources

  • If you run into any issues while voting, call 1-833-DEM-VOTE (1-833-336-8683), a voter hotline is monitored 24/7/365 with voting experts who are ready to field questions pertaining to felon disenfranchisement, voter purging, poll worker misconduct, voter machines, accessibility, and more.

    Learn More
  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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  • The FLIP NC 2020 Voter Guide is a primer to what’s at stake up and down your ballot. Electing the best people at all levels of government is the critical first step in building a North Carolina that works for all of us.

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