Voting in North Carolina

Information on how, where and when you can vote


Vote on November 8. Graphic by A. Khare.

As election day is coming up on November 8th, it is very important to go out and vote. Here has some information on how, where, and when you can vote. The polls will be open in North Carolina on November 8th from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. 

You must go to your assigned polling location to vote. You can find your voting location on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website ( On this website, you can also see a sample ballot, and check to make sure you are registered.

Races on the ballot this year include:

  • One U.S. Senate seat 
  • 14 U.S. House seats 
  • Several state offices (General Assembly, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeals) 
  • Local judges and prosecutors 
  • County offices like sheriff and county commissioners 

If you have voted in North Carolina previously, you do not need to bring your ID to vote. If this will be your first time voting in North Carolina and you did not provide the last 4 digits of your social security number or NC driver’s license number, then you will need to provide a form of identification at your polling site. This proof of identification can be a current and valid photo identification, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a paycheck, or another government document that shows your name and address.

If you are unable to provide a valid form of identification, you will still be able to vote a provisional ballot and then you must bring a valid proof of identification to the Board of Elections before canvassing.  

In North Carolina, you can not register to vote on Election day. You can only register on the day of if you become a U.S. citizen or have your rights restored following a felony conviction after the regular voter registration deadline on November 5th.

You can request an absentee ballot in North Carolina without an excuse. You can request an absentee ballot here. Absentee ballots must be returned to the county’s board of elections office by 5 pm on Tuesday. November 8th. Absentee ballots will not be accepted at polling places if they are received after 5 pm on November 8th, they will only be counted if they are postmarked before or on election day. No ballots that are received after November 14th will be counted.

Make sure to go out and vote on November 8th and make your voice heard!