Emergency Order Issued



The updated order now includes the following counties:

Anson, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, and Union counties have been added to the following list of counties subject to the Emergency Order:

Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, Wilson

Update October 19:

Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, has issued an order aimed at helping voters displaced or otherwise affected by recent storms.

Issued October 19, the order:

  • Provides that absentee by-mail ballots delivered to the appropriate county board of elections office in any of the 28 counties most affected by Hurricane Florence should be counted if received by 5 p.m. Thursday, November 15, as long as the return envelope was postmarked on or before Election Day, November 6.
  • Permits any voter or other authorized person to deliver an absentee ballot to any one-stop site or county board office in the state. These ballots must be delivered during the site or office’s hours of operation and should be considered timely if delivered by 5 p.m. on Election Day.

 Note from the Executive Director  

At the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, our thoughts go out to all North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Florence and its aftermath. We want to assure you that you may still register to vote and that you have several options for casting your ballot between now and Election Day, November 6.

This page will be updated regularly with the latest information on voting in the wake of Florence. But if you have additional questions, please email the State Board at [email protected] or call (866) 522-4723.



Kim Westbrook Strach

 Frequently Asked Questions

I was displaced by the storm.  Where should I register to vote?

You should register to vote at the address where you reside and where you intend to remain for an indefinite period.  See G.S. § 163A-842. If you have been temporarily displaced by the storm but you intend to go back to your residence where you were already registered, you do not need to re-register.  Even if you cannot currently go back to your residence due to storm-related damage, you should register (or remain registered) there if you plan to return.  If you have been displaced and do not plan to return to your prior residence, you should register at your new address if you plan to stay there indefinitely (for an undetermined period of time).  Contact your county board of elections if you have questions about where you should register to vote. 


I was displaced by the storm.  Where can I vote?

In North Carolina, you have three options for voting: absentee by mail, in-person early voting, or on Election Day (November 6).  You can request an absentee ballot to be sent to the place you are staying, even if that place is not your residence or your mailing address.  During the early voting period, October 17 to November 3, you can register and vote in person at any early voting site in your county. You may not vote at a site located outside the county where you reside.  On Election Day, November 6, you can vote in-person at the precinct where you are registered.  If you have moved within the county, you can update your address on Election Day. 


How can I find out if I’m registered to vote?

Your registration information can be found using our voter lookup tool.


How can I locate early voting sites and Election Day polling places in my county of registration?

Early voting sites can be found here. Election Day polling places are here.


If I’m registering and voting during the One-Stop Early Voting period,
what do I need to bring to the early voting site?

Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of residence. A voter attests to their eligibility by completing and signing a Voter Registration Application. Knowingly attesting to false information is a Class I felony. After the attestation, the voter must prove their residence by presenting any one of the following showing current name and current address:

  • North Carolina driver license
  • Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, as long as the card bears the voter's current name and address.
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address
  • A current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation

For more information about the types of documents accepted for same-day registration, go here.


Where can I find an absentee ballot request form and more information about absentee voting?

Please see the absentee voting page on our website for additional information about requesting an absentee by mail ballot. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is October 30.


How can I help?

Every eligible individual has the opportunity to participate in the elections process by voting. For those who want to participate further, volunteer opportunites are available. These include serving as an election official during the voting period, or volunteering as a member of a Multipartisan Assistance Team (MAT). More information can be found here.




Posted Sept. 28, 2018:

State Board employees prepare voter assistance packages to send to each of the 46 Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) application sites in eastern North Carolina. The packages include frequently asked questions about voting by displaced residents, as well as voter registration forms and absentee ballot request forms in English and Spanish.


Posted Sept. 27, 2018:


The State Board has send a letter to Gov. Roy Cooper and leadership at the General Assembly summarizing election deadlines and requirements ahead of any special session to enact measures that ensure the safety and recovery of communities affected by the winds and waters of Hurricane Florence. Full text here


Posted Sept. 26, 2018:




Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, sat down Sept. 25 with Tim Boyum of Capital Tonight to discuss election preparations in the wake of Hurricane Florence: Link to Video


Posted Sept. 26, 2018:





The sign for the Bladen County Board of Elections was destroyed in Florence, but their office is back up and running!









Posted Sept. 25, 2018:


The State Board sent voter registration applications and absentee ballot request forms in English and Spanish, along with return envelopes, to more than 60 Hurricane Florence shelters across the state. We wanted to remind shelter residents that there is still plenty of time to get registered and vote in the 2018 elections.