Protecting Your Vote
The State Board of Elections is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all voters and the elections process. Find out about the safeguards in place, and learn about ways you can help secure North Carolina’s elections.
The State Board investigates potential election law violations and refers cases to prosecutors when warranted based on the findings. To find out more information about this and the three-step process of most cases, visit our Investigations Division page.
Post-Election Procedures and Audits
Find out about the county canvass and audit process that occurs after every election, and review the reports for previous elections on the Post-Election Procedures and Audits page.
The State Board of Elections works with many partners to improve the security of elections at the state and county levels. To find out about these efforts, see Cybersecurity.
Help combat narratives of mis– and disinformation surrounding each step of the elections process, and find answers to your election security questions from the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at their Rumor Control Center.
Intimidating any voter is a crime. Please be courteous toward others at the voting place, regardless of differences of opinion, and remain calm at all times. If at any time a voter feels harassed or intimidated at a polling place, the voter should notify an election official immediately. Read more: Voter Intimidation.
Phone Usage at the Polls
Find out why taking photos of or videotaping voted ballots are illegal in North Carolina and learn about the acceptable usage of personal electronic devices while voting. Visit: Phone Usage at the Polls.
How Can You Help Secure North Carolina’s Elections?
Here are some ways North Carolina voters can help secure our elections:
- Please register and vote if eligible. To make sure it’s up to date, check your voter registration on the Voter Search tool.
- Carefully review your selections on your ballot before casting it. Remember, once you put your ballot in the tabulator it cannot be retrieved, so it is important to make sure you have selected each desired ballot item.
- If you encounter any issues when voting, immediately report the issue to a precinct official at the polling place.
- Advocate for additional state or federal funding for cybersecurity improvements and new voting systems.
- Seek information about elections from trusted sources, such as the State Board and county boards of elections. Be mindful that information about elections that you find and share on social media may not be accurate.
- For regular updates on voting in North Carolina, follow the State Board on Twitter (@NCSBE) and Instagram (@ncstateboardofelections), and like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/NCSBE).
- Witness the process firsthand, serve your community — and get paid — by becoming a precinct official or election worker. For more information, contact your county board of elections or fill out the election worker interest survey (we are no longer accepting applications at this time.