North Carolina

State of North Carolina Elections & Voting

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:


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.


Early Voting

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.


Absentee 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:

  1. Online with “Option 1 – Request an Absentee Ballot” at the N.C. Absentee Ballot Portal.
  2. 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.




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
  • Sappony
  • Waccamaw-Siouan Tribe

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

Areatha Patterson
Council Member
Lumbee Tribe

Pamela Richardson-Silver
Native Vote Coordinator
Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
(252) 586-4017

Major Party Contact Information

Chairwoman, Patsy Keever

Chairman, Hasan Harnett

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