You may not request an absentee ballot with an expired form.


Find details on this page about absentee-by-mail voting options for civilian, military and overseas, or blind and visually impaired voters. Visit the vote-by-mail FAQ and detailed instructions to vote by mail pages in this section to learn more.

Absentee-By-Mail Voting 

Any North Carolina registered voter may request, receive, and vote a mail-in absentee ballot in elections where absentee voting is permitted. In some municipal elections, absentee voting is not permitted. Registered voters in North Carolina must request an absentee ballot with an official N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form. There are two ways to access and submit the form:

  1. Online with “Option 1 – Request an Absentee Ballot” at the N.C. Absentee Ballot Portal. Important Note: The North Carolina Absentee Ballot Portal is being updated to a newer version and will be available to voters in late April 2023 to request ballots for municipal elections in September, October, and November.  
  2. On paper with the English N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form. Important Note: A link to the printed version of the absentee ballot request form for 2023 also will be available in late April.

Track your absentee-by-mail ballot through the mail: Once you have requested your absentee ballot, you can track its status from printed to accepted by signing up online for status notifications through BallotTrax. BallotTrax will be available 30 days prior to each election in 2023.

Military and Overseas Voting

The federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) allows certain voters an expedited means to register and vote by mail-in ballot. Find more information at Military and Overseas Voting.

Accessible Absentee Voting

If you are a blind or visually impaired voter in North Carolina, you can request, mark, and return an accessible absentee ballot online through a system that is compatible with screen readers and that allows for a digital or typed signature. Learn more at Accessible Absentee Voting.

If you live at a facility such as a hospital, clinic, or nursing home, find details about receiving assistance with mail-in voting and other services provided by a multipartisan assistance team (MAT) at Assistance for Voters in Care Facilities.

Assistance for Absentee Voters in Nursing Homes, Rest Homes, Hospitals, and Clinics ("Care Facilities") -- 2022 (PDF)

Detailed Instructions to Vote By Mail

Voting by mail in North Carolina takes three simple steps — requesting, completing, and returning a ballot. Find more information at Detailed Instructions to Vote By Mail.

FAQ: Voting By Mail

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You can request an absentee ballot for the 2022 general elections now until the deadline: Your county board of elections must receive your request form by 5 p.m. on November 1, 2022, one week before Election Day.

Please include enough time for your request to be received by the deadline if you submit the request form by mail. The State Board encourages voters to request their absentee ballot as early as possible to ensure enough time to complete and return the ballot. Requests received after the deadline will not be processed.

One notary public or two witnesses must be in your presence when you mark your absentee ballot. They should only observe you marking your ballot, not how you vote.

Civilian absentee voters must return the container-return envelope with the voted ballot enclosed to their county board of elections no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day, November 8, 2022.

Absentee ballots received after 5 p.m. on Election Day will be counted only if they are postmarked on or before Election Day and received by mail no later than 5 p.m. November 14. Ballots without a postmark must be received by Election Day.

For answers to more absentee-by-mail voting questions, visit FAQ: Voting by Mail.