Vote in Person on Election Day
Election Day Voting
On this day (Tuesday, Nov. 3 was Election Day for the 2020 general), registered voters in North Carolina may vote at their assigned polling place. This is different than early voting, where eligible individuals may cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county.
Polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m: Any voter in line at their assigned polling place 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 sample ballot: Registered voters may enter their information into the Voter Search tool to view their 2020 general election ballot. Please note, you must enter your voter information as there are about 2,000 different ballot styles across the state. Note: Sample ballots change for each election and are only available through the search tool once finalized.
Unsure if you are registered? Find out if you are registered to vote by entering your information into the Voter Search tool.
After you vote: Note that when you inserted your ballot into a tabulator, your selections were recorded on a media card in the tabulator. These results were counted and reported publicly on election night. For further confirmation that your ballot was counted, use the Voter Search tool. Your ballot status will show up in your “Voter History” section as soon as your county completes the post-election process of assigning voter history to your record. This may take a couple of weeks or longer after the election.
Please be assured that your county board of elections will complete this process as promptly as possible amid the other post-election tasks that must be completed, including post-election audits and certification of the results.
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.
Significant precautions will be made to protect voters and election officials against the transmission of coronavirus. These include enforcing social distancing, erecting barriers between election workers and voters at check-in tables, and more. For more information, please visit Voting and Coronavirus.
Question: Can I register to vote on Election Day?
Answer: 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.
Question: Do I need an ID to vote?
Answer: Voters are not required to show ID for elections in 2020.
Question: What if there are questions about my registration or eligibility to vote?
Answer: 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.
For more answers to Election Day voting questions, visit FAQs: Voting on Election Day in North Carolina in 2020.
To see what your county uses for one-stop early voting, go to the Voting Equipment page, and see the map for “Election Day Voting Equipment, by County.”
Voter Assistance and Curbside Voting
Any voter who qualifies for assistance may ask for help at their polling place. N.C.G.S. § 163-166.8. To find more information, visit Help for Voters with Disabilities. Curbside voting is available for eligible individuals. For more information, see Curbside Voting.