North Carolina


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 Tarheel State.


Key Dates

Oct 14

Registration Deadline (By Mail, Online; same day registration available in person until 11/5)

Oct 20 – Nov 5

Early Voting

Oct 20

Absentee/Mail-in Request (recommended)

Nov 1

Absentee/Mail-in Request Deadline (official)

Nov 5

Registration Deadline (In Person)

Nov 8

Election Day

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-in Return Deadline

North Carolina Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

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

    Eligible individuals who reside in a county but are not yet registered to vote there may register during the early voting period (10/20-11/5). After registering, the newly registered voter can immediately vote at that same site. This process is called “same-day registration.” To register using same-day registration, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements. For details, see below:

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  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! Any North Carolina registered voter may request, receive, and vote a mail-in absentee ballot. No special circumstance or reason is needed. Registered voters in North Carolina must request an absentee ballot with an official N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form online or via paper form. If you're registered you can request an absentee ballot by November 1st (but we recommend doing it sooner!) and mail it back by November 8th. Find your request form here:

    Request Here
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! The early voting period for the November 8 general election begins Thursday, October 20, 2022, and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

  • Do I need an ID?

    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. Get all the details from VoteRiders.

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  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, you can find the polling place closest to you below:


  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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

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  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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