Accessible Absentee Voting
Request, Receive and Return an Absentee Ballot Online
Note: Absentee ballot submissions have closed for the November 2020 general election. Blind and visually impaired voters in North Carolina may now request, receive, and return an accessible absentee ballot online through a new service from the State Board of Elections. The system is compatible with screen readers and allows the voter to digitally sign.
How it Works
- To request an accessible ballot, go to the online Absentee Ballot Request Portal and select Option 1. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on October 27. If a voter requested a mailed absentee ballot but has not returned that ballot, the voter may request a new accessible absentee ballot online.
- Make sure to check the box indicating that you require an accessible ballot due to visual impairment.
- Complete and submit the request form. You will receive an email confirming that your request has been submitted.
- Once the request form is received, your county board of elections will process the request and email you to let you know your ballot is ready. The email will include a link to the online voting portal, where the voter may cast a ballot online. It may take several days for the county board of elections to process your request.
- Before you vote, be sure to have your one witness ready.
- The witness must be in your presence when you mark your ballot, but should not observe so closely they can tell how you voted. The witness must sign their name, and complete the witness information. If you receive assistance, the assistant must sign their name and complete the assistant information. The person who assists you can also serve as your witness. The witness and assistant may digitally sign if needed.
- When you complete your ballot and submit it, the final screen will confirm your ballot is submitted. The deadline to complete and submit the accessible absentee ballot online is 5 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.
If you are not currently registered to vote, you may not complete an accessible absentee ballot online. You may register and cast a ballot in person at the same time during the early voting period, which ends October 31. For early voting sites and hours, use the One-Stop Early Voting Site Search. For more on assistance at the polls, visit Help for Voters with Disabilities.