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County boards of elections in North Carolina will accept mail-in ballots received by November 12, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day, November 3. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to uphold this deadline.
Four days remain in North Carolina’s early voting period, which ends Saturday, October 31. Sometime Wednesday morning, total voter turnout in the 2020 general election will reach 50 percent in North Carolina.
Less than two days remain for voters to request a ballot by mail in the 2020 general election. The absentee ballot request deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 27. Your request must be received by your county board of elections by the deadline. To vote by mail, you must be registered to vote prior to requesting the ballot.
The State Board of Elections will hold a remote meeting beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020.
Blind and visually impaired voters in North Carolina may now request, receive, and return an accessible absentee ballot online. The system is compatible with screen readers.
County boards of elections across North Carolina are now contacting voters whose absentee ballot return envelopes were not properly completed to inform them of the steps necessary to ensure their votes are counted. Because of ongoing litigation, North Carolina’s ballot curing process had been on hold since October 4.
With a strong showing from mail-in and early voters, North Carolina on Friday eclipsed more than one million votes in the 2020 general election. With more than two weeks until Election Day, more than 14 percent of registered voters have already cast ballots.
Reporters and editors: Please see the attached email sent to directors of county boards of elections about Wednesday evening’s court decisions in cases concerning absentee ballot deficiencies. Additional State Board guidance will follow, as outlined in the email.
The following is a statement from the State Board of Elections regarding recent social media posts suggesting that if an election worker writes on your ballot, it will invalidate your ballot. In North Carolina, this is false.
North Carolina voters turned out in droves on the weather-friendly first day of the early voting period Thursday, with nearly 230,000 ballots cast across the state as of 5:30 p.m. With a couple hours of voting to go, that number easily surpassed the total for the entire first day of early voting in 2016, when about 166,000 ballots were cast statewide.
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