Any registered North Carolina voter may request an absentee ballot by mail. No excuse is needed to vote by absentee. To request an absentee ballot, complete the State Absentee Ballot Request Form. The State Absentee Ballot Request Form may only be signed by the voter or a voter’s near relative or legal guardian.  A near relative is considered to be a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild of the voter.

A completed State Absentee Ballot Request Form may be mailed, faxed or scanned and then emailed to the county board of elections.  The contact information for the county boards of elections may be found here.

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Absent uniformed services members (and their eligible dependents) and U.S. citizens living outside of the United States may request an absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). This federal act and its corresponding law in this state allows uniformed service members and overseas citizens who are absent from their county of residence in North Carolina to request, receive and return an absentee ballot under special rights.

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One-stop absentee voting (in-person absentee voting, or early voting) allows registered voters to go in person to their county board of elections office (or an alternative location) to vote an absentee ballot. One-stop absentee voting is conducted starting on the third Thursday before the election and ends on the last Saturday before the election. During the one-stop early voting period you may register to vote and vote on the same day.

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One-stop early voting sites in your county can be found here:

One-stop Site Lookup

You may use the voter lookup tool to check your voter registration information, see a sample ballot, or check the status of your absentee ballot. This includes absentee voting by mail or absentee one-stop (early voting).
To use the tool:

  • Click the link and enter your first and last name and the county of your registration.
  • From the results returned, select your name.
  • To check the status of your absentee by mail ballot click the + sign next to Absentee Request. 
  • If you have trouble finding the information you need, you can contact your county board of elections. County board of elections contact information can be found here.

Check Absentee Status