Voting in North Carolina

In order to vote in North Carolina, a person must be a qualified registered voter. The deadline to register to vote in this State is 25 days before the day of the election. There are three methods by which a registered voter may cast a ballot in this State:

  • In-person at their correct precinct on Election Day
  • In-person at an early voting site in their county of registration during the one-stop absentee voting period
  • Absentee By-mail

When voting in person, a person must state their name and current residential address. During a partisan primary election, the person must also state their party affiliation. Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to show a photo identification (Photo ID) when they present to vote in person. This change is a result of the Voter Information Verification Act or “VIVA.” (S.L. 2013-381). Until 2016, most voters will not be required to show any form of identification when they vote. During all elections in 2014 and 2015, voters will be notified about these new voting changes. Voters will be given the list of Photo ID that is acceptable for purposes of voting and will be asked if they have one or more of the forms of acceptable Photo ID. Voters who state they do not have one of the forms of Photo ID that will be acceptable for purposes of voting will be asked to sign an Acknowledgement of No Photo ID. These voters will be given information on how they can obtain a photo ID at no cost issued by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.

  • Click here to see the Voter Check-in Review Document that will be shown to all voters in 2014 and 2015.
  • Click here to see the document that will explain how a voter can obtain a No-fee Photo ID Card from the DMV.

For more information on voting in North Carolina, please select one of the topics to the left.