Election Day is November 8
- October 14 Deadline to register to vote (same-day registration is allowed at early voting sites, but not on election day)
- October 20 First day of early in-person voting
- November 1 Deadline to request an absentee ballot
- November 5 Last day of early in-person voting
- November 8 Deadline to postmark absentee ballots
- November 8 Election Day
To register to vote in North Carolina, you must:
- Be a United States citizen
- Live in the county where you are registering, and have resided there for at least 30 days prior to Election Day
- Be at least 18 years old by the day of the general election (16- and 17-year-olds can preregister)
- Not be in jail or prison for a felony conviction (Find information at Registering as a Person in the NC Criminal System.)
How to register to vote:
- Online or in person at the DMV: Use N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) services. Existing DMV customers may submit a voter registration application online. Learn more at Complete Your Registration Online Through the DMV.
- By mail: Fill out the English N.C. Voter Registration Application (fillable PDF) or the Spanish N.C. Voter Registration Application (fillable PDF) and submit it by mail to your county board of elections. Learn more at Complete Your Registration by Mail.
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is not required. A North Carolina superior court has permanently enjoined the law requiring photo ID for voting. Following a trial in April 2021, a three-judge panel in the Holmes v. Moore case concluded that the voter photo ID law violated the North Carolina Constitution. The court’s decision, which was issued on Sept. 17, 2021, means that voters are not required to show photo ID in elections in North Carolina.
The early voting period for the 2022 general election begins Thursday, October 20, 2022, and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Registered voters or eligible individuals in North Carolina may cast an absentee ballot in person during this time. Early voting sites and schedules will be posted to the One-Stop Early Voting Site Search when they become available.
When you check in to vote at an early voting site, you may update your name or address within the same county if necessary. Individuals who are not registered to vote in a county may register and immediately vote at that same site. This process is called “same-day registration.” Find more information at Register in Person During Early Voting.
Any North Carolina registered voter may request, receive, and vote a mail-in absentee ballot. No special circumstance or reason is needed. Registered voters in North Carolina must request an absentee ballot with an official N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form. There are two ways to access and submit the form:
- Online with “Option 1 – Request an Absentee Ballot” at the N.C. Absentee Ballot Portal.
- On paper with the English N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form for 2022 (fillable PDF) or the Spanish N.C. Absentee Ballot Request Form for 2022 (fillable PDF). The form comes with detailed instructions. After completing, submit the form to your county board of elections in person or by mail via the U.S. Postal Service, DHL, FedEx, or UPS.
One notary public or two witnesses must be in your presence when you mark your absentee ballot. They should only observe you marking your ballot, not how you vote.
- Guide for Voter Registration Drives in North Carolina
- Native American Voting Rights (NAVRA)
- A Tribal Leaders Guide to Prepare for the Next Election
- Addressing: A Guide for Tribes
- Native Language Speakers Have Voting Rights!
- Examples of Voter Discrimination and Suppression in Indian Country
- Native Americans Depend on Ballot Collection
Tribes in North Carolina
Federally recognized tribes
- Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
State recognized tribes
- Coharie Intra-Tribal Council, Inc.
- Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
- Lumbee Tribe
- Meherrin Nation
- Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
- Waccamaw-Siouan Tribe
Native Vote Coordinators
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Native Vote Coordinator
Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
Major Party Contact Information
Chairwoman, Patsy Keever
Chairman, Hasan Harnett