Know Your Voting Rights

Your vote matters.

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. This year, voting in local and state elections can have a huge impact on the future for North Carolinians. 

HOW THESE OFFICES IMPACT YOUR RIGHTS

PLEDGE TO VOTE YOUR VALUES

Be sure to get your information from official and trusted sources. When in doubt, call the Election Protection Hotline or visit the N.C. State Board of Elections websiteIf you have any questions about the voting process, call 888-OUR-VOTE to speak with an elections expert at the nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline!

Important Deadlines

  • October 14: Voter registration deadline. After this point, only same-day registration during one-stop early voting is available. 
  • October 20: One-stop, in-person early voting period begins. 
  • November 1: Deadline to submit an absentee ballot request form. 
  • November 5: One-stop, in-person early voting period ends at 3 p.m. 
  • November 8: Election Day. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date.
  • November 14: Absentee ballots must be received (postmarked by November 8).

Check Registration Status

A.Check Registration Status

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Check to confirm that you are registered to vote by using the N.C. State Board of Elections voter search tool.

Confirm your voter registration status

Register to Vote

A.Register to Vote

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If you need to update your voter registration or register to vote for the first time, there are three ways that you can do that!

Online - Register to vote online through the N.C. DMV website here. ​Voter registration applications submitted fewer than 25 days before an election will not be processed until after the election. 

In-Person - Print a voter registration application found here, and then, mail it in or return it in-person to your local County Board of Elections.

Voter registration applications are due 25 days before the general election - that’s October 14, 2022

Early Voting & Same-Day Registration (October 20 - 3 p.m. November 5) - Individuals who are not registered to vote in a county may register at early voting sites during the early voting period. After registering, the newly registered voter can immediately vote at that same site. This process is called “same-day registration.” Find a list of early voting sites on this page on the N.C. Board of Elections website. NOTE: same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of where they live. Here's a list of acceptable forms of proof of address

IMPORTANT: Same-day registration is only available during Early Voting. Voters cannot register to vote on Election Day.

Voters need to register by October 14 or use same-day registration to vote during Early Voting.

Vote By Mail

A.Vote By Mail

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In 2022, all registered North Carolina voters can vote by mail. Voters can request a ballot online and return it in-person or through the mail. You can view instructions on how to request, complete, and return your ballot here. Voters with questions about voting by mail can call 888-OUR-VOTE to speak with a nonpartisan elections expert!

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Early Voting Information

A.Early Voting Information

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Early Voting in North Carolina will run from October 20 - November 5. 

During early voting, voters may cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county, and would-be voters may same-day register and vote. This is different than Election Day, where registered voters must vote at their assigned polling place. You can find details about early voting here.

Use the N.C. Board of Elections location tool to find Early Voting sites and times in your county.

Important things to keep in mind about Early Voting

  • Voters can use any Early Voting site in their county, but voters have a specific Election Day place which can be found using this tool on the N.C. Board of Elections website;
  • Voters can register and vote on the same day during Early Voting, but same-day registration is not available on Election Day

Why use early voting?

  • Early voting offers flexible hours and multiple locations allow people to vote when it works best for them.
  • Voters can take advantage of same-day registration to register for the first time or update their registration and cast a ballot concomitantly.
  • Voting early reduces the burden of poll workers and helps reduce the wait time for other voters on Election Day.

Vote on Election Day

A.Vote on Election Day

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The 2022 general election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. On this day, 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. You can check your assigned polling place here. You can also view your sample ballot at this link.

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.

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.

You can view more FAQ on voting on Election Day here.

Voter Intimidation

A.Voter Intimidation

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Worried about what to do if someone tries to discourage you from voting? We have a page for that.

Information for LGBTQ Voters

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"If you decide to go in person to your polling place this year, having ID that doesn’t match your gender identity or presentation should not affect your right to cast a ballot, in any state. But with increasingly strict voter ID laws, trans people may face barriers—both because of difficulties in obtaining an ID that’s accepted, or because they might run into bias or misunderstandings of the law when it comes to their gender. Knowing your rights can help avoid or solve problems at the polls." Transform the Vote

NC Voter has information on updating the name or gender marker on your voter registration. It's important to note that as of now, an ID is not required to vote in NC. Transform the Vote has a national guide to voting while trans that may be helpful if poll workers question your rights. 

 

Voting with Criminal Convictions

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Effective July 27th, 2022, any individual on probation, parole, or post-release supervision is eligible to register and vote.

This page from the NC Board of Elections will be updated to reflect current policies.

Voter registration forms are being updated across the state to account for this change. Because it is not possible to immediately replace all voter registration forms that are in circulation across the state, county boards of elections have been instructed to accept voter registration forms with outdated eligibility language, as long as the applicant is currently eligible to register.

The regular voter registration deadline is 25 days before an election. Eligible would-be voters who become naturalized U.S. citizens or whose rights are restored after being released from prison or jail for a felony sentence ahead of Election Day, but after the regular voter registration deadline, may register and vote during early voting or on Election Day.

For questions and concerns about felony disenfranchisement, email [email protected] or call 877- 880-VOTE (877-880-8683).