Judicial Voter Guide 2020
With Absentee Ballot Request Form
Welcome to the online adaptation of our N.C. Judicial Voter Guide 2020 mailer. Read our press release to learn more.
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Friday, October 9: Regular Voter Registration Deadline
Voter registration forms must be postmarked or delivered to your county board of elections office by 5 p.m. Voters may also same-day register at any one-stop early voting site in their county from October 15 to October 31.
Thursday, October 15: Start of One-Stop Early Voting
Voters may register and vote at any one-stop early voting location in their county of residence. For locations and hours, check with your county board of elections office, or use our online tool:
Tuesday, October 27: Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot
Requests must be received by your county board of elections office by 5 p.m. Voters are encouraged to request and return their ballot as soon as possible.
Saturday, October 31: One-Stop Early Voting Ends
One-stop early voting sites close at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3: ELECTION DAY
Absentee mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for in-person voting. Locate your polling place:
Funding for this guide comes from the N.C. Public Campaign Fund, which was created by a $3 check-off designation on the state tax form and a $50 surcharge on annual dues paid by members of the North Carolina State Bar. The fund was repealed in 2013. The Judicial Voter Guide will continue to be published until remaining funds are spent.
About the Appellate Courts
The N.C. Supreme Court is the state’s highest court. One chief justice and six associate justices review cases from the N.C. Court of Appeals, the N.C. Business Court, and cases in which the death penalty has been imposed. In limited cases involving federal law, the U.S. Supreme Court may hear appeals from this Court.
The N.C. Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court and reviews cases first decided in the Superior and District Courts, as well as appeals from administrative agencies. Currently, 15 judges sit on rotating panels of three, considering errors in legal procedures or in judicial interpretation of the law. If a panel is divided (2-1), the losing party has an automatic right to appeal to the N.C. Supreme Court.
Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges serve eight-year terms.
About the State Board of Elections
The State Board of Elections is the state agency charged with the administration of the elections process and campaign finance disclosure and compliance. The Governor appoints the five-member board from a list of nominees submitted to the Governor by the State Party Chair of each of the two political parties having the highest number of registered affiliates. Not more than three members of the State Board shall be members of the same political party.
State Board Members
Damon Circosta, Board Chair
Stella Anderson, Secretary
Jeff Carmon III
Stacy “Four” Eggers IV (updated October 8, 2020)
Tommy Tucker (updated October 8, 2020)
Be a Democracy Hero
Make a positive impact on your community while being paid hourly as an official election worker. If you’re interested in becoming an election worker for 2020, let the State Board of Elections know by completing the election worker interest survey at bit.ly/democracy-hero. (Note: Democracy Hero survey deadline has passed.)
The State Board of Elections is committed to protecting the health and safety of election workers and voters. We will provide protective equipment, require social distancing and ensure routine cleaning.