Absentee by-mail voting has begun for the May 8 primary election in North Carolina.
Absentee by-mail is one of several voting options available to all registered N.C. voters. Unlike some other states, no excuse is needed to vote by mail in North Carolina.
Absentee by-mail voting can be accomplished in five (5) easy steps:
- Fill out a State Absentee Ballot Request Form. Request forms are available on the website of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement and at offices of the state and county boards of elections.
- Return the completed and signed request form to your county board of elections in person or by email, fax or regular mail. Contact information for county boards is available here. Voters must request the form no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. The county board will process the request and, if the request is valid, mail the voter a blank absentee ballot, absentee voting instructions, an absentee application and certificate and a return envelope.
- Mark the ballot in the presence of two witnesses or a notary public and seal the ballot in the return envelope.
- Complete the Absentee Application and Certificate on the back of the envelope. The voter’s witnesses must sign the envelope in the space for “Witnesses’ Certification” or “Notary-Witness Certification.” If someone assists the voter, the assister must sign and date the certificate as well.
- Return the ballot to the county board of elections no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day, May 8. The envelope may be mailed or delivered in person to the board of elections’ office. Only the voter or the voter’s near relative may deliver an absentee ballot in person.
Additional information, including details on absentee voting for voters living in facilities such as nursing homes, can be found on the State Board’s Civilian Absentee Voting page.