2020 Election

Election day is on November 3rd 2020 and there are many different ways to vote in North Carolina. 

When is the voter registration deadline? 

The voter registration deadline in North Carolina is October 9th. However, individuals who miss the registration deadline may register or update their information at an early voting site during the early voting period (October 15-October 31). To complete same-day registration, you must provide one of the following documents: 

  • North Carolina driver’s license 
  • Other government-issued photo ID
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address
  • A current college or university photo ID and proof of campus housing

How can I vote by mail? 

Any registered North Carolina voter can submit their vote by mail without any special circumstance. You must request an Absentee Ballot by October 27th and postmark your response by 5pm on November 3rd. 

Click here for more absentee ballot tools, including tracking, voter search tool and important contact information. 

How do I vote early in person? 

Early voting in North Carolina begins on October 15th and ends on October 31st. Click here to find voting sites and schedules in your county. 

How do I vote on election day? 

Polling places will be open from 6:30am to 7:30pm on election day. Any voter in line by 7:30pm will be able to vote. Click here to find your polling place.

Voter intimidation is prohibited by law in North Carolina and the following procedures are in place to make sure that North Carolinians can vote peacefully: 

  • Canvassing and other activities are not allowed within the buffer zone (50 feet from the polling place). 
  • A chief of judge or one-stop site manager is positioned at each polling place to step in if there is disruptive behavior or intimidation. 
  • Poll watchers are allowed, but must be appointed by political parties. Each party should submit a list of poll watchers to the county board of elections at least five days in advance. 

Will I be required to show an ID to vote? 

No. In North Carolina, you will not be required to show an ID to vote in the 2020 elections. If you feel your rights are being violated, call 888-OUR-VOTE. 

What COVID-19 precautions will be in place for in person voting? 

Safety procedures include: 

  • Enforcing social distancing guidelines 
  • Providing hand sanitizer and masks for voters 
  • Providing gloves and face shields for election workers 
  • Placing 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

What procedures are in place for voters with disabilities? 

All polling places and voting equipment must be accessible to voters with disabilities. Any voter who qualifies for assistance may request permission for help from the chief of judge when arriving at the polling place. Those eligible may choose anyone to serve as their assistant, except for their employer or union representative. 

A voter qualifies for assistance if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Because of physical disability, they are unable to enter the voting booth and/or mark the ballot without help 
  • Because of illiteracy, they are unable to mark a ballot without help
  • Because of blindness, they are unable to enter the voting booth or mark a ballot without help

Other procedures include: 

  • Curbside voting. This ballot can be completed in the voter’s car or at a walk-up area outside the building. 
  • Multipartisan Assistance Team. This group is available to provide assistance with mail-in voting and other services to voters living at facilities (hospitals, clinics, nursing homes). 

What should I do if my rights are being violated? 

If you have a question, complaint, or concern about voting, call 888-OUR-VOTE. For any language besides English, click here to find the number. 

Other Helpful Resources

Click here for information about provisional voting 

Click here for information about voting in honor of a veteran 

Click here for the 2020 Judicial Voter Guide

SOURCES: NCSBE and Democracy NC

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