Absentee and Provisional Data

Overview

Learn about and access data for absentee (including one-stop early voting) and provisional voting. Download files from the Absentee Files and Provisional Files tables below. For additional information, see FAQ: Provisional and Absentee Data on this page.

Looking for absentee voter turnout information? To explore absentee request and return data related to the November 8, 2022 general election, scroll down to the "Absentee Files by Election Date" chart on this page.

What is provisional voting? Voters are given a provisional ballot should any questions about their qualifications arise. For procedural information, visit our Provisional Voting page.

 

Absentee Files

Below, we have compiled absentee voting data files for 20+ years of general and primary elections. To explore elections data more broadly, visit the Election Night Reporting folder on our FTP site. Files in the table below include:

  • Absentee files (statewide and by county), which contain a record of each absentee ballot, including absentee-by-mail ballot requests and one-stop ballots from the in-person early voting period. Each record contains ballot and voter info. For a full list of variables, see the Absentee Layout TXT file. Detailed absentee-by-mail ballot information remains confidential (and is not reported) until the ballot is returned or polls open on Election Day.
  • Absentee Counts files (statewide and by county), which contain counts of absentee ballots cast, including those cast in person during the one-stop early voting period, grouped by county and voter demographics. For a full list of variables, see the Absentee Counts Layout TXT file.
  • Absentee Request Demographic Stats files (beginning in 2020), which contain counts of absentee-by-mail ballot requests (i.e., number of requests received by county boards of elections) broken down by county and voter demographics, as well as the year and week the request was received. For a full list of variables, see the associated Layout TXT file.
  • Absentee Stats / Absentee Request Stats files (for various elections), which are PDFs and Excel (XLS) files displaying absentee-related summary statistics. 

Absentee Files by Election Date

2022 December 6 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2022 December 6 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2022 December 6 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2022 December 6 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2022 December 6 Election - Absentee Request Demographic Stats (CSV)

2022 November 8 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2022 November 8 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2022 November 8 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2022 November 8 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2022 November 8 Election - Absentee Request Demographic Stats (CSV)
2022 November 8 Election - Absentee Request Stats PDFs (Folder)
2022 November 8 Election - Absentee Stats PDFs (Folder)

2022 July 26 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2022 July 26 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2022 July 26 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2022 July 26 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2022 July 26 Election - Absentee Request Demographic Stats (CSV)

2022 May 17 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2022 May 17 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2022 May 17 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2022 May 17 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2022 May 17 Election - Absentee Request Demographic Stats (CSV)
2022 May 17 Election - Absentee Request Stats PDFs (Folder)
2022 May 17 Election - Absentee Stats PDFs (Folder)

2021 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2021 Nov 2 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2021 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2021 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2021 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Request Demographic Stats (CSV)

2021 Oct 5 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2021 Oct 5 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2021 Oct 5 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2021 Oct 5 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2021 Oct 5 Election - Absentee Request Demographic Stats (CSV)

2020 Nov 3 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2020 Nov 3 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2020 Nov 3 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2020 Nov 3 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2020 Nov 3 Election - Absentee Request Demographic Stats (CSV)
2020 Nov 3 Election - Absentee Request Stats PDFs (Folder)
2020 Nov 3 Election - Absentee Stats PDFs (Folder)

2020 Jun 23 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2020 Jun 23 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2020 Jun 23 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2020 Jun 23 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2020 Mar 3 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2020 Mar 3 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2020 Mar 3 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2020 Mar 3 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2020 Mar 3 Election - Absentee Stats PDFs (Folder)

2019 Nov 5 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2019 Nov 5 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2019 Nov 5 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2019 Nov 5 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2019 Oct 8 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2019 Oct 8 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2019 Oct 8 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2019 Oct 8 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2019 Sep 10  Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2019 Sep 10 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2019 Sep 10 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2019 Sep 10 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2019 Jul 9 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2019 Jul 9 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2019 Jul 9 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2019 Jul 9 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2019 May 14 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2019 May 14 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2019 May 14 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2019 May 14 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2019 Apr 30 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2019 Apr 30 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2019 Apr 30 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2019 Apr 30 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2018 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2018 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Statewide with Ethnicity (ZIP)
2018 Nov 6 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2018 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2018 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2018 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Stats PDFs (Folder)

2018 Jun 26 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2018 Jun 26 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2018 Jun 26 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2018 Jun 26 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2018 May 8 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2018 May 8 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2018 May 8 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2018 May 8 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2018 May 8 Election - Absentee Stats (folder)

2017 Nov 7 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2017 Nov 7 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2017 Nov 7 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2017 Nov 7 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2017 Oct 10 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2017 Oct 10 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2017 Oct 10 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2017 Oct 10 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2017 Sep 12 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2017 Sep 12 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2017 Sep 12 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2017 Sep 12 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2016 Nov 8 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2016 Nov 8 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2016 Nov 8 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2016 Nov 8 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2016 Nov 8 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2016 Jun 7 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2016 Jun 7 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2016 Jun 7 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2016 Jun 7 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2016 Mar 15 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2016 Mar 15 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2016 Mar 15 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2016 Mar 15 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2015 Nov 3 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2015 Nov 3 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2015 Nov 3 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2015 Oct 6 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2015 Oct 6 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2015 Oct 6 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2015 Sep 15 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2015 Sep 15 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2015 Sep 15 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2015 Sep 15 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2015 May 12 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2014 Nov 4 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2014 Nov 4 Election - Absentee by County (ZIP)
2014 Nov 4 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2014 Nov 4 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2014 Nov 4 Election - Absentee Stats (XLS)
2014 Nov 4 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2014 Jul 15 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2014 Jul 15  Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2014 Jul 15 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2014 Jul 15 Election - Absentee Stats (XLS)
2014 Jul 15 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2014 May 6 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2014 May 6 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2014 May 6 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2014 May 6 Election - Absentee Stats (XLS)
2014 May 6 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2013 Nov 5 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2013 Oct 8 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2013 Sep 10 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2012 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2012 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Statewide with Ethnicity (ZIP)
2012 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2012 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2012 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Stats (XLS)
2012 Nov 6 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2012 Jul 17 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2012 Jul 17 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2012 Jul 17 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2012 Jul 17 Election - Absentee Stats (XLS)
2012 Jul 17 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2012 May 8 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2012 May 8 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2012 May 8 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2012 May 8 Election - Absentee Stats (XLS)
2012 May 8 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2011 Nov 8 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2011 Nov 8 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2011 Nov 8 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)

2011 Oct 11 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2011 Sep 13 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2010 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2010 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Statewide with Ethnicity (ZIP)
2010 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2010 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2010 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Stats (XLS)
2010 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2010 Jun 22 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2010 Jun 22 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2010 Jun 22 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2010 Jun 22 Election - Absentee Stats (XLS)
2010 Jun 22 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2010 May 4 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2010 May 4 Election - Absentee Counts Statewide (CSV)
2010 May 4 Election - Absentee Counts by County (CSV)
2010 May 4 Election - Absentee Stats (XLS)
2010 May 4 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2009 Nov 3 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2009 Oct 6 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2009 Sep 15 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2008 Nov 4 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)
2008 Nov 4 Election - Absentee Stats (XLS)
2008 Nov 4 Election - Absentee Stats (PDF)

2008 Jun 24 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2008 May 6 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2006 Nov 7 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2006 Sep 12 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2006 May 30 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2006 May 2 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2004 Nov 2 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2004 Aug 17 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2004 Jul 20 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2002 Nov 5 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2002 Sep 10 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

2000 Nov 7 Election - Absentee Statewide (ZIP)

 

Provisional Files

In the table below, we have compiled provisional voting data files from the past 10+ years. The files in the table below contain a record of provisional ballots cast in an election. For a full list of variables, launch the Provisional Layout TXT file.

Provisional Files by Election Date
2022 December 6 Election - Provisional (TXT)
2022 November 8 Election - Provisional (TXT)
2022 July 26 Election - Provisional (TXT)
2022 May 17 Election - Provisional (TXT)
2021 Nov 2 Election - Provisional (TXT)
2021 Oct 5 Election - Provisional (TXT)
2020 Nov 3 Election - Provisional (TXT)
2020 Jun 23 Election - Provisional (TXT)
2020 Mar 3 Election - Provisional (TXT)
2019 Nov 5 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2019 Oct 8 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2019 Sep 10 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2019 Jul 9 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2019 May 14 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2019 Apr 30 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2018 Nov 6 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2018 Jun 26 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2018 May 8 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2017 Nov 7 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2017 Oct 10 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2017 Sep 12 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2016 Nov 8 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2016 Jun 7 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2016 Mar 15 Election - Provisional (TXT)

2015 Nov 3 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2015 Oct 6 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2015 Sep 15 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2014 Nov 4 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2014 Jul 15 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2014 May 6 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2013 Nov 5 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2012 Nov 6 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2012 Jul 17 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2012 May 8 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2010 Nov 2 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2010 Jun 22 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2010 May 4 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Nov 3 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Oct 6 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Sep 15 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Aug 18 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Jul 28 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Jun 23 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Jun 16 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Jun 2 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 May 19 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 May 5 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Mar 10 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Feb 3 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

2009 Jan 6 Election - Provisional (ZIP)

 

Tab/Accordion Item

The statewide and county absentee files are available/updated in three stages:

Stage 1: The absentee file becomes available on our website on the first day that absentee-by-mail ballots are sent to voters. After absentee-by-mail ballots start going out to voters, absentee files are refreshed daily and include data for returned/processed ballots from the day before. Detailed absentee-by-mail ballot information is not made publicly available until ballots are returned or polls open on Election Day. 

Stage 2: Between the start of one-stop early voting and Election Day, data for ballots cast in person via one-stop early voting are added to the absentee files the day after being cast.

Stage 3: On and after Election Day, data for all requested and cast absentee-by-mail and one-stop ballots are included in the file. This includes detailed data for absentee-by-mail ballots that have not been returned.

In 2019, the General Assembly, in Session Law 2019-239, amended subsection (c) of N.C.G.S. § 163-228 to make the absentee request register confidential and not a public record until Election Day. As a result, detailed absentee-by-mail ballot information is no longer reported until the ballot is returned or until polls open on Election Day.

Beginning with the 2020 general election, you may view absentee ballot request counts using the Absentee Request Demographic Stats files.

To explore charts and maps from the 2020 general election, visit our https://www.ncsbe.gov/results-data/voter-turnout/2020-general-election-turnout page.

For the purposes of matching voters:

  • When joining files that were created at different points in time, we recommend joining the files via “ncid”; for example, when joining an absentee file with a voter history file or a voter registration file, we recommend matching on “ncid”.
  • When joining files that were created around the same point in time, we recommend joining the files via voter registration number and county; for example, when joining an absentee file with a voter registration snapshot file, we recommend matching on voter registration number ("voter_reg_num") and county.

In North Carolina, when you vote early at a one-stop site, you are voting an absentee ballot. By law in North Carolina, early voting is considered “absentee in person,” as you voted “absent” of Election Day. Several weeks after the election, your county board of elections will assign this vote to your “Voter History.”

Both provisional and absentee-by-mail ballots are processed and fed into a tabulator during board meetings held by county boards of elections. Note: Also included in the data are absentee ballots that are cast in person during the early voting period. In North Carolina, one-stop early voting is considered absentee voting.