What You Need to Know to Vote This November
Election Day is November 6. Polls are open from 6:30AM—7:30PM. Be sure to check your voter registration status and find your polling location.
One-Stop Early Voting:
All North Carolina Voters can vote early and register to vote at the same time between October 18th - November 3rd. Click here to find early voting times and locations. Voters registering at one-stop locations must provide proof of residency by providing one of the following which must be valid and contain the voters name and address:
- North Carolina driver’s license;
- photo identification from a government agency; or
- a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.
What ID You Need to Vote:
North Carolina residents must provide ID when registering to vote, which includes a North Carolina driver’s license number, North Carolina Identification card number, or the last four digits of their Social Security number. If this number is matched by election officials, voters do not need to provide identification when voting.
If your provided identification number is not able to be matched by election officials, you must present one of the following at the polls:
- A current and valid photo identification; or
- a copy a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and current address of the voter.
Voting by Absentee Ballot:
North Carolina allows all voters to vote absentee. You must request a ballot by mail from the County Board of Elections by Tuesday, October 30th. Click here to learn how to request an absentee ballot.
Recent Legislation Affecting North Carolina's Voting Laws
Last year, North Carolina legislators passed legislation that would require voters to show a photo ID to vote. Governor Bev Perdue vetoed the legislation. The legislature could still bring the bill up again.
- Guide to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) in North Carolina (2012)
- Identification Requirements to Vote in North Carolina (2012)
- Voter Eligibility Guide for North Carolina (2012)
- Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in North Carolina (2012)
- North Carolina Student Voting Guide (2012)