Absentee Ballot Tools
Tools to Request and Track Your Absentee Ballot
The State Board has collaborated with Democracy Live to offer registered voters in North Carolina the option to request a ballot online via the Absentee Ballot Request Portal. The agency has also launched BallotTrax, a free service where voters can track the status of their absentee ballot.
Access these tools:
Find more information below.
Request Your Absentee Ballot Online
In 2020, all registered North Carolina voters, including voters serving in the military or living overseas, can request an absentee ballot online through the Absentee Ballot Request Portal.
The Absentee Ballot Request Portal:
- Allows registered North Carolina voters to securely request an absentee by-mail ballot completely online. The request may be made by the voter or their near relative or legal guardian. The voter’s county board of elections will mail the ballot to the voter.
- Helps avoid duplicate requests by informing voters of existing absentee requests, and allows users to submit subsequent requests to update information on a previously submitted request.
- Allows military or overseas voters to request and return their ballots through the portal.
Request your absentee ballot online:
Track Your Absentee Ballot
Absentee by-mail voters in North Carolina can find the status of their ballot in three different ways: through BallotTrax, through the State Board’s Voter Search Tool, and by contacting their county board of elections.
Voters who vote by mail may use BallotTrax to track the status of their ballot from when it is mailed to when it is received by the county board of elections.
BallotTrax allows NC voters with valid absentee ballot requests to create an account. Once the account is created, voters will be able to:
- Log in to view the status of their absentee by-mail request and ballot. This includes confirmation that the county board of elections has received the request, that the ballot has been mailed to the voter and that the completed ballot has been received by the county board of elections.
- Learn if their ballot cannot be accepted because of issues such as a missing signature or witness information. If this occurs, the county board of elections will provide information to the voter on how to correct the issue.
- Sign up for email, text, and/or voice alerts for status updates.
Voters will see one of several statuses, including Requested, when an absentee request form is received by the County Board of Election, and Accepted, when the returned ballot is accepted by the county board of elections. Accepted generally means the county board of elections has received the ballot, the return envelope has no apparent issues, and the ballot will be counted. If the county board of elections subsequently finds an issue (the envelope is opened and there is no ballot inside, for example) then that status will change and the voter will be contacted. Click here for more information on creating an account in BallotTrax.
Track your absentee ballot:
2) Voter Search Tool
When a county board of elections marks a ballot as Accepted, that information will appear in that voter’s record available through the State Board’s Voter Search Tool. Because absentee ballot request information is confidential under state law until the ballot is accepted or until Election Day, absentee request information does not appear in the Voter Search Tool.
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3) Contact Your County Board of Elections
If you have questions about the status of your absentee ballot that cannot be answered through BallotTrax or the Voter Search Tool, contact your county board of elections. Please be advised that county board offices are extremely busy.
Find contact information for your county board of elections: