*A near relative is a: spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild. The Relative Request should also include the relative's name, address, phone number, and relationship to the voter.
A voter may also request an absentee ballot by requesting an official absentee ballot
request form from their county board of elections. A form may only be issued to the voter or the voter’s near relative or qualified legal guardian. It is not permissible to make copies of the form for multiple requests. North
Carolina law also does not allow any person, entity or organization to create request
forms to be used for purposes of requesting a ballot in North Carolina. If a county
board of elections receives an unauthorized request form on behalf of a voter, the
county board of elections will promptly issue an official county absentee ballot request
form to that voter. Click here for
a sample form (DO NOT USE).
The signed request may be delivered in person, mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to the county board of elections.
If the request is complete and the voter is eligible to vote in the election, the
absentee balloting materials will be mailed to the voter. The materials are not available
for in-person pick up. Absentee ballots are available 30 days prior to municipal elections
for those municipalities that permit absentee voting, 50 days prior to statewide primaries,
and 60 days prior to general elections. For any other type of election, ballots will
be available 50 days prior to the election.
Upon receiving the balloting materials, the voter must follow the ballot marking and return instructions. Both the voter and a witness over the age of 18 must sign the back of the ballot’s container-return envelope. Absentee voters must return their voted ballot to the board of elections in enough time for the ballot to be received by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. If mailed, the ballot is timely as long as the container-return envelope is postmarked by election day and received no later than three days after the election, by 5:00 p.m. If balloting materials are returned in person, only the voter or a near relative may deliver the ballot.
At any time, registered voters may check the status of their absentee ballot request online: