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North Carolina Voter Registation

Friday, December 9, 2011

Primary Election
May 8, 2012

Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline

April 13, 2012

General Election

November 6, 2012

General Election Voter Registration Deadline

October 12, 2012

 Voter Registration and Eligibility
Must register to vote at least 25 daysbefore the election.
Can change or select party affiliation until 25 days before the election.
Individuals who miss the registration deadline, if qualified, may register at a one stop voting site in their county of residence beginning the 3rd Thursday before an election until the last Saturday before an election.


To register to vote in the state of North Carolina, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of North Carolina and the voter's county for 30 days before the election
  • Be at least 18 years old by the next general election
  • Not be registered nor planning to vote in any other county or state
  • Not have been convicted of a felony (unless rights of citizenship have been restored)


Voter registration forms (which may be completed on-site or returned in the mail) are available through the following offices:

  • County Board of Elections
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Work First
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Services for the Blind
  • Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities
  • Employment Security Commission
  • Public Libraries
  • Public Highschools

Obtain an voter registration application online.

Applications should be returned to the voter's local county board of elections (contact information)


Who Can Absentee Vote in North Carolina?

Voters request an absentee ballot from the Board of Elections if registered to vote, but unable to go to the polls on Election Day. Absentee voting is permitted in most elections.

How Can I Acquire an Absentee Ballot?

Make a written request not later than the final Tuesday preceding Election Day. The request should include the voter's name, residence address, date of birth, address to which the ballot should be mailed, and signature of the voter or near relative (indicate relationship with voter).

A near relative (spouse, brother, sister, parent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, step parent, stepchild) may appear at the elections office 50 days prior, but not later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding Election Day, and complete an absentee application for the absentee voter.

Members of the military and other overseas citizens may request an absentee ballot using the Federal Postcard Application, available online here.

Additional Information for Overseas Voters

Registered voters can also vote using the One-Stop Absentee Voting program during the two weeks preceding the election. For more information regarding this program and specific locations for early voting, contact the local county board of elections.

How do I Return the Absentee Ballot and What is the Deadline?

The ballot must be returned to the county elections office in person or by mail no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election.

Source of information:
North Carolina State Board of Elections
Post Office Box 27255
506 North Harrington Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919-733-7173





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