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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.

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UPDATE

For the November 2020 general election only, only one witness is required for an absentee ballot. All registered voters may request an absentee ballot for the November 2020 general election.

The North Carolina board of elections and DMV have partnered to expand online voter registration. People who already have a state driver's license or other DMV-issued ID can now update voter registration information online.

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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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.

Key Dates

Oct 9

Voter Registration Deadline

Oct 15 – Oct 31

Early Voting Dates

Oct 20

Recommended Deadline to Send Back Ballot*

Oct 27

Vote by Mail Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 3

Election Day

Register to Vote

  • How do I register to vote?

    If you’ve never voted before, or if you’ve relocated and are voting in a new state, you can register here. We’re working with Vote.org to make this as easy as possible for you, so don’t fuck it up.

    Register Here
  • 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. But why wait? Do it now! Doitdoitdooooit!

Get Your Ballot

  • What are the vote by mail requirements in my state?

    Any North Carolina registered voter qualified to vote in an election may request and receive a mail-in absentee ballot for any election in which absentee voting is allowed. All registered voters may request an absentee ballot for the November 2020 general election.

    You need to provide ID information when you apply to vote by mail.

  • How do I request my ballot?

    Different states have different request rules, so use this tool to get your request form (even if you don’t have a printer!)

    Request Ballot

Cast Your Mail Ballot

  • If I’m voting by mail, when do I send my ballot and how do I make sure it’s counted?

    You’ve probably heard that USPS will be handling a high volume of mail and will likely be experiencing delays. That’s why we recommend mailing your ballot by October 20th at the latest if you plan on sending your ballot through USPS. When filling out your ballot, make sure to double-check the instructions to make sure you fill out the ballot correctly. Check to see if your ballot requires using a pen with black or blue ink, a signature on the envelope, any witness requirements and postage, if necessary. County boards of elections will contact voters when there are deficiencies with their absentee ballot. You should provide your phone number or email address on the request form in case the county board needs to contact you. The State Board encourages voters to carefully read and follow the instructions that come with the ballot. The State Board also encourages voters to request and return their absentee ballot as early as possible to ensure time remains to correct any 5 issues. If an issue arises and the voter is unable to successfully cast an absentee ballot, that voter may still vote during the in-person early voting period or on Election Day.

  • 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.

  • What are my non-mail ballot return options?

    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).

    Learn more about your options.
  • Can I track my ballot?

    Yes, North Carolina provides ballot tracking.

    Track Your Ballot
  • Do I need an ID to vote by mail

    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.

    You need to provide ID information when you apply to vote by mail.

    Check for updates and learn more about your state's voter ID laws here.

Vote By Mail: What If?

  • What if I request 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 don’t receive my ballot by October 20th?

    If you’ve requested your ballot, but you still haven’t received it at least 14 days before the election, 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.

Voting 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.

    Find out where and how you can vote early here.
  • What if I want to vote 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.

    Find your polling place options here.
  • Do I need an ID to vote in person?

    Ok, so if you completed your registration in the past and have voted before, you're all set. If you're a first-time voter or want to finish your registration on Election Day, you will need to bring a photo ID or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck.

    Check for updates and learn more about your state's voter ID laws here
  • How do I find out where I go to vote?

    As we get closer to in-person early voting, our Make a Plan tool will have up-to-date information from every state on your voting locations (and ballot drop locations).

WHAT’S ON MY BALLOT?

States are finalizing who and what are on your ballot this year. You can use this tool to check and see if your ballot is available. Your full ballot will be available by October 8.

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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