FAQ: Election Day Voting

Overview

On this page, find answers to your questions about Election Day voting. For an overview of the 2022 municipal and local second primary elections (where applicable), visit Upcoming Election. For detailed information about Election Day voting, see Vote in Person on Election Day.

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No, but wearing a mask is strongly encouraged. Please be considerate of other voters and election workers.

At the time of publishing this page, a photo ID is not required to vote. For the current status of photo ID requirements, please visit Voter ID.

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.