SBOE Election Update Blog


Voter moves flowcharts; Q&A on voter registration and absentee voting

In response to a county request, our office has produced a couple flow charts to provide simple guides for when a voter has moved recently or since the last time he or she voted. One version was featured in last week's optional teleconference on absentee and voter registration procedures.

Election Night Procedures

Import absentee (one-stop and mail-in) results into Election Reporting starting at 7:30 p.m. Review the results in the Election Reporting application AND the internal Election Reporting website to ensure that they match your Unity results. Once you have reviewed your results, you must then SUBMIT the results in ERS in order for them to display on the public Election Reporting website. As your precincts come in, continue to IMPORT, REVIEW and SUBMIT your results. After you have IMPORTED, REVIEWED and SUBMITTED your final ASCII, preview the public Election Reporting website to verify that all of your precinct results are displaying. Once you have verified that all of your precincts have reported and are being displayed on the website, you must then FINALIZE your Election Night results. Once you have finalized without any issues, you may leave for the night. Do not leave for the night before finalizing your Election Night results. If you are unable to f ...

Absentee Voting Reminders for Election Day Eve

At your absentee board meeting this afternoon, your board should be presented with all returned absentee ballots that have been received through 5:00 p.m. today. GS § 163-232.  The board must be given a list of all approved absentee ballots returned to the county board of elections to be counted. You can prepare a separate list for each precinct. Choose appropriate list in Report Manager. You must also print the civilian and military certificates of oath to attach to each list.

Voter challenge materials

New on the ERC, we now have summary materials on voter challenges. You may have seen some of these "flow charts" outlining the when, who, how, etc. for the different types of voter challenges. We have also created a summary document to compare the different types of voter challenges contained in Article 8 of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes. Remember that these materials are summaries but do not replace actual reading the General Statutes.

UOCAVA Reminders for the May 2014 Primary

Apr 30 2014

Remember, the deadline for military and overseas citizens to register to vote AND request an absentee ballot for the May Primary is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014. The voter may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA), Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB), or the State Absentee Ballot Request Form. So please make sure that you continue to process State Absentee Ballot Request Forms because the requestor may be a military or overseas voter. Of course, in order for a person to use the State Absentee Ballot Request Form, the person must be a registered voter in North Carolina. A military or overseas voter who is not yet registered should be asked to complete a FPCA or FWAB (available at by the deadline referenced above.

Post-Deadline Absentee Ballot Request Information

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, was the civilian absentee ballot request deadline. (See GS § 163-230.1(a))  In order to be timely, voters or individuals requesting an absentee ballot for a voter were required to complete a State Absentee Ballot Request Form and submit it to a board of elections so that the request was received no later than 5:00 p.m. on that date. Initial requests for an absentee ballot received after this time are now late. Counties may still process timely absentee requests received on the State Absentee Ballot Request Form, even if:

Deficient Absentee Ballot Applications & Certificates

Apr 24 2014

GS § 163-231(a) sets out the procedure for voting an absentee ballot, including making the application and certificate printed on the container-return envelope. GS § 163-230.1(c) states that county boards of elections are tasked with determining whether the container-return envelope has been properly executed. If the board determines that the container-return envelope has been properly executed, it shall approve the application. In the Standards for Determining What Constitutes a Vote and What will be Counted as a Vote document, there is a provision for Absentee Ballots that states: