Vote In-Person on Election Day
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Any voter in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to vote. The busiest times tend to be early in the morning and just before the polls close. Avoid longer lines by voting at off-peak times.
Find Your Polling Place and View Your Sample Ballot
Any registered voter may vote on Election Day at their assigned polling place in their county. Find your Election Day polling place through the Voter Search Tool or search using your address with the Polling Place Search.
Information about N.C. Supreme Court and N.C. Court of Appeals candidates is available in the Judicial Voter Guide.
COVID-19 Safeguards in Place
Significant precautions will be made to protect voters and election workers against the transmission of COVID-19. These include:
- Enforcing social distancing at polling places and early voting sites
- Providing hand sanitizer and masks for voters and election workers who do not bring their own
- Providing gloves and face shields for election workers
- Erecting barriers between election workers and voters at check-in tables
- Providing single-use pens in counties that use hand-marked paper ballots and Q-tips for voters who use ballot-marking devices
- Frequently cleaning surfaces and equipment in polling places and early voting sites
- Recruiting poll workers who are less vulnerable to the virus
For more information on how COVID-19 may impact your voting experience, visit our Voting and Coronavirus page.
Important: The State Board asks that all voters respect the right of others to participate in the election. Intimidating any voter is a crime. Voters who feel harassed or intimidated should notify an election official immediately.
Find more information: Read 10 tips for voting in-person on Election Day 2020, or get the answers to your Election Day 2020 FAQs below.
No, but wearing a mask is strongly encouraged. Please be considerate of other voters and election workers. If you do not bring your own, masks will be available for free at all polling places.
Voters are not required to show ID for elections in 2020.
No. The regular voter registration deadline is 25 days before an election. Any eligible individual who misses that deadline may register and vote during the one-stop early voting period at any early voting site in their county.
No voter should be turned away. If questions arise about a voter’s eligibility to vote, the voter may vote a Provisional Ballot. For more information, see our Provisional Voting page.
See our Voting Equipment page.
Voters who need assistance at the polls must request that assistance. Individuals who are unable to enter the polling place may vote curbside. See our Curbside Voting page. Once inside the polling place, voters who experience difficulties should request help from an election worker.
No. State law prohibits photographing or videotaping a voted ballot. N.C.G.S. § 163-166.3.
Photographing a marked ballot is illegal in part because the photographs could be used as proof of a vote for a candidate in a vote-buying scheme. Electronic communication while voting is prohibited because of limits on voter assistance and to prevent disruptions in the voting place.
Voters may bring voting guides, notes and other materials into the voting booth. Voters are allowed to have phones or electronic devices with them to access a slate card or candidate information while voting, as long as the devices are not used to photograph or videotape a ballot or communicate with anyone via voice, text, email or any other method.