To vote in North Carolina, a person must be qualified to vote and be registered.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a resident of the county, and prior to voting in an election, must have resided at his or her residential address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
  • Must be at least 18 years old, or will be at the time of the next general election, or be at least 16 years old and understand that you must be at least 18 years old on Election Day of the general election in order to vote.
  • Must not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or on parole). If previously convicted of a felony, the person’s citizenship rights must be restored. Citizenship and voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of the sentence. No special document is needed.
  • Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.

The methods of voting in North Carolina include:

The procedures for voting are as follows:

  • A person seeking to vote shall enter the voting enclosure through the appropriate entrance.
  • An election official assigned to check registration will ask the voter to state his or her current name and residence address.
  • The voter must answer by stating his or her current name and residence address.
  • In a primary election, the voter must also be asked to state the political party with which he or she is affiliated or, if unaffiliated, the party in which the voter wishes to vote. No voter in a primary shall be permitted to vote in more than one party's primary.
  • After examination of the list of eligible voters, the election official will state whether the voter is duly registered to vote.
  • If the person is duly registered, the voter must sign a voter authorization document (Authorization to Vote (ATV) form or One-stop Application) before being issued a ballot or be directed to the voting equipment.
  • Once the voter is found to be duly registered, the official assigned to distribute the official ballot will hand the voter the official ballot he or she is entitled to vote or will be directed to the voting equipment that contains the official ballot.
  • If the person is not found to be duly registered or another matter prevents the voter from being issued a voter authorization document, the election official will direct the voter to the voting site’s Help Station where the voter will receive alternative voting options, like a provisional voting.

Voters are entitled to voter assistance as follows:

  • Election officials must provide voters with any information the voter requests to enable that voter to vote as that voter desires.
  • Any voter is entitled to assistance from the voter's spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild, as chosen by the voter.
  • A voter in any of the following four categories is entitled to assistance from a person of the voter's choice (other than the voter's employer or agent of that employer or an officer or agent of the voter's union):
    • A voter who, on account of physical disability, is unable to enter the voting booth without assistance.
    • A voter who, on account of physical disability, is unable to mark a ballot without assistance.
    • A voter who, on account of illiteracy, is unable to mark a ballot without assistance.
    • A voter who, on account of blindness, is unable to enter the voting booth or mark a ballot without assistance.
  • A qualified voter seeking assistance in an election shall, upon arriving at the voting place, request permission from the election official to have assistance, stating the reasons.
  • If the election official determines that such assistance is appropriate, the official will ask the voter to point out and identify the person the voter desires to provide such assistance.
  • If the identified person meets the criteria of who may provide assistance, the election official will request the person indicated to render the assistance.
  • An election official may provide aid to a voter if so requested, if the election official is not prohibited law to provide assistance to any particular voter.
  • A person rendering assistance to a voter in an election will be admitted to the voting booth with the voter being assisted under the following guidelines:
    • The person rendering assistance shall not in any manner seek to persuade or induce any voter to cast any vote in any particular way.
    • The person rendering assistance shall not make or keep any memorandum of anything which occurs within the voting booth.
    • The person rendering assistance shall not, directly or indirectly, reveal to any person how the assisted voter marked ballots, unless the person rendering assistance is called upon to testify in a judicial proceeding for a violation of the election laws.


In any election, if any voter is able to travel to the voting place, but because of age or physical disability and physical barriers encountered at the voting place is unable to enter the voting enclosure to vote in person without physical assistance, that voter will be allowed to vote in the vehicle conveying that voter.

Curbside voting is available at all North Carolina voting sites during the one-stop absentee voting period and on election day. Voting sites will have signage indicating curbside voting and will also have a curbside alert system. An election official will come to the vehicle to obtain the voter’s name and address. Before a ballot is issued to a curbside voter, the voter must swear an oath affirming his or her qualification to use curbside voting.


On election day, the hours for voting are from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Any voter in line as of 7:30 p.m. will be permitted to vote. On election day, voters should present to vote at the voting site for their precinct in order to receive their proper ballot. A voter’s precinct is based on the address where the voter was living 30 or more days prior to election day.

If a voter’s registration is current, a voter may check their voter registration card or view our Voter Lookup tool to find their election day polling location. If a voter’s voter registration information is not up to date, use our Polling Place Lookup tool to find the voting site for the address where you lived 30 or more days before election day. If a voter does not present to vote at his or her proper voting site for any reason, the voter will be allowed to vote at the location by casting a provisional ballot.

Provisional ballots are researched after election day to determine the voter’s qualifications to vote and eligibility to vote the provisional ballot they were issued.