Absentee Voting

Absentee voting allows registered voters to vote on a day other than the official Election Day. There are three types of absentee voting in in North Carolina:

Civilian Absentee Voting by Mail

Any registered North Carolina voter can request an absentee ballot by mail. This type of absentee voting allows a voter or a near relative or legal guardian to request that an absentee ballot be sent to the voter by mail. The voter may vote the ballot and return it to the county board of elections by the ballot return deadline.

Military-Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting

Absent uniformed services members (and their eligible dependants) and U.S. citizens living outside of the United States may request an absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). This federal act and its corresponding law in this state allows unformed service members and overseas citizens who are absent from their county of residence in North Carolina to request, receive and return an absentee ballot under special rights given to them under UOCAVA.

One-stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting)

One-stop absentee voting (in-person absentee voting or early voting) allows registered voters to go in person to their county board of elections or an alternative location to vote an absentee ballot. One-stop absentee voting is conducted starting on the third Thursday before an election and ends on the last Saturday before the election.